December 9, 2016
DECEMBER LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
2017-2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS
Earlier this week, the California Senate and Assembly convened and held swearing-in ceremonies for newly-elected and re-elected members. The 40-member Senate welcomed nine new members, while the 80-member Assembly had 22 new members. With such tremendous turnover, CPA will be working around the clock to get to know the new members in 2017.
Many legislators introduced their first bills on Monday-we saw 136 bills put across the desk that will set the priorities for the coming year. As leaders of the Legislature, President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon lead their caucuses’ top priorities to increase affordable housing, work on building roads and infrastructure, and beating back potential federal government proposals on immigration and our health care exchange. Stay tuned for regular updates in 2017 Legislative Updates on the legislative work in Sacramento.
2017-2018 New Member Facts and Figures:
STUDENT LEADERSHIP AND
By Ben Bizar-Stanton, CPAGS Advocacy Chair
This year’s Student Leadership and Advocacy Conference’s theme was “Stemming the Tide of Social and Systemic Discrimination: A Psychologist’s Role.”
Each speaker focused on how they became involved in advocacy, the advocacy work they have worked on and are currently working on, the lessons they have learned, and the unique role of psychology in addressing systemic and social issues. They also provided essential information about how students can become more involved in addressing social and systemic issues as a psychology student and as a psychologist in the future.
Chandra Lopez Brooks is the Vice Chair of Santa Clara County’s Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the past Vice President of the NAACP, and the San Jose leader on race and discrimination. Chandra spoke about issues related to racial social and systemic discrimination. The students and speaker had a rousing discussion about how to influence organizational policy and how to address local politics as a psychologist.
Margareth Del Cid, an advanced Ph.D. student, works on research and advocacy with Sita Patel, Ph.D. related to immigrant adolescents, adult refugees, and global mental health. She engages in advocacy by utilizing community-based participatory research in which the scientists and community members work together. She spoke and had a great discussion with the students about discrimination regarding access to equal education and mental health treatment for immigrants.
Inge Hansen, Psy.D. is a clinician at Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services and the program manager and co-founder of the Weiland Health Initiative. The initiative is a program aimed at promoting mental health and wellness across the spectrum of gender identities through education, training, clinical services, and advocacy, as well as improving services and health programming at Stanford and beyond. Dr. Hansen and the students had a thorough discussion of needs assessments influencing community intervention and how to navigate organizational structure and politics.
At the end of the conference the students broke into groups to identify a specific social/systemic discrimination issue that they wished to address. They then came up with goals they were hoping to accomplish and identified what they, as psychologists, could uniquely offer in pursuit of those goals. They also identified what avenues they would need to take to accomplish their goals, the resources they would need, who they would need to work with, and what barriers and obstacles might block their road to success.
Overall, this year’s Student Leadership and Advocacy Conference was very enlightening and informative for students. They gained essential information from those already engaging in leadership and advocacy about how they can pursue social justice and advocacy as a potential career path as a psychologist or as something they can engage in on the side.
SDPA MEET AND GREET FOR COUNTY SUPERVISOR DAVE ROBERTS
We’d like to take an opportunity to highlight the work happening at the local levels by our chapters. All politics is local, after all. If you or your chapter would like to share the work you’ve been doing on the local level, please contact Amanda Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Janet Farrell, SDPA, CPA LAN Rep
On Friday, October 14, the SDPA Government Affairs Committee hosted a successful and enjoyable meet-and-greet luncheon with Supervisor Dave Roberts at the Del Mar home of Dr. Felise Levine. Dave Roberts represents the Third District on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and is up for re-election in November. There were 25 SDPA members in attendance. Dave discussed with us the mental health issues facing the Board, who oversees the Health and Human Services Agency, which receives 37% of the San Diego County budget. He discussed his many accomplishments for mental health in the past four years, among which are the expansion of the County's Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams, approval of $10 million to provide housing for homeless people with several mental illness, cosponsoring the Alzheimer Project legislation, and helping to ensure the County's adoption of Laura's Law, which allows for court-ordered treatment of mentally ill people who are dangerous to themselves or others but who refuse care. Dave answered questions posed by SDPA members and expressed a desire for further input from us regarding a variety of mental health issues facing the County in the coming term.
Dave is a member of the LGBT community, and he and his husband are the adoptive parents of six children. Dave's experiences working with the County's bureaucratic foster and adoption agencies in the past prompted him to run for the County Board of Supervisors four years ago, because he thought he could help direct attention, organization and funding to the most pressing people and issues in our County.
ONE LAST TIME: 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW
Another legislative year has come and gone. Would you believe we started 2016 with TEN OPPOSE bills? Through consistent messaging and on the ground lobbying, only ONE OPPOSE bill was sent to the Governor! CPA was instrumental in stopping or “killing” 9 bills that would have harmed psychologists, created unnecessary new licenses, hurt consumers, and stigmatized those living with a mental illness. The Governor had an unusually high veto rate of 15% this year; the Legislature and Governor will return to work in Sacramento in 2017. We’ll expect a continuation of many of the bills vetoed or stopped earlier in the process this year. We are continuing to work on a variety of issues that our members have bought to us this year with the Legislature and Governor’s Administration as we move into 2017.
THE ROLE OF THE LOCAL ADVOCACY
THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 LAN REPS!
CPA would like to thank our outstanding 2016 LAN Reps for all the work they’ve done this year. We are lucky to have so many who are continuing as their chapter or division representatives and are looking forward to the new faces joining our LAN in 2017. As a quick review, here are the expectations and responsibilities of the LAN Reps. If you’re interested or want to know about the LAN, please contact Amanda Levy at email@example.com.
Local Advocacy Network (LAN) Representatives are the connectors of CPA’s grassroots network. LAN Representatives are highly motivated volunteers that connect their chapter or division to the important legislative information provided by CPA’s advocacy staff. The amount of time and effort a representative dedicates to his or her position as LAN Representative is directly reflected in the number of responses and the degree of enthusiasm generated from the members of his or her chapter or division. The Representative has a vital role in the success of CPA’s lobbying effort in Sacramento.
As a LAN Representative, your responsibilities include the following:
This model of responsibilities has been adapted from materials provided by the American Psychological Association.