Official Website - Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan Representing the 16th California Assembly District - Home page of Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan https://a16.asmdc.org/ en Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan and US Senator Padilla Host Virtual Event Highlighting New 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline https://a16.asmdc.org/press-releases/20221103-assemblymember-bauer-kahan-and-us-senator-padilla-host-virtual-event <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan and US Senator Padilla Host Virtual Event Highlighting New 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/keesheka" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keesheka</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/03/2022 - 13:25</span> <div about="/taxonomy/term/3" id="taxonomy-term-3" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-press-contact"> <h2><a href="/taxonomy/term/3"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Sarah Goodman</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-phone field--type-telephone field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="tel:916-319-2016">916-319-2016</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov">sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-11-03T20:23:32Z" class="datetime">Thursday, November 3, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span><span>CALIFORNIA </span></span></strong><span><span>— California Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan and U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) hosted a virtual event today alongside state mental health experts to celebrate the establishment of the new 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline with the recent signing of California Assembly Bill 988, which will provide enhanced resources to the state to help combat its rising mental health crisis.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Padilla and Bauer-Kahan were joined by leaders from the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Steinberg Institute, and the Kennedy Forum for this conversation about mental health resources coming to California.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“988 reimagines the mental health crisis response system in California,” <strong>said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda).</strong> “I’m grateful to champions on the federal level like Senator Padilla for partnering to make 988 a reality. This work will save lives.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“For years, we’ve been fighting to end the stigma around mental health care, and to get Californians the support they need. 9-8-8 is a national suicide and crisis lifeline that launched last summer to help anyone in California and across the country get connected to resources,” <strong>said Senator Padilla.</strong> “If you’re experiencing mental health-related distress, or if you’re worried about a loved one who may need help, by calling 9-8-8 you’ll be connected with a trained mental health professional. This accessible care will save lives. We’re making big progress, but it’s clear this fight is not over— we need to do more to help low-income and underserved communities, especially for the schools and students who still lack the resources they need.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“The transition to 9-8-8 represents an unprecedented opportunity to improve behavioral health crisis prevention, response, and stabilization across the nation and in California. This easy to remember three-digit number is a catalyst for change and offers the potential to foster a strengthened infrastructure and promote policies and practices that will allow providers to respond to all behavioral health crises, inclusive of suicidality, mental health crises, and substance use disorder crises, for all persons across developmental ages,” <strong>said Stephanie Welch, Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health, California Health &amp; Human Services Agency.</strong> “California stands ready to do the hard work needed to build out the capacity to achieve the vision set out in 9-8-8.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“No matter your situation, your insurance provider, or your location, quality and accessible mental health care should be there for you when you need it. AB 988 is a huge, leading step forward in accomplishing just that,” <strong>said Lauren Finke of The Kennedy Forum.</strong> “Not only does AB 988 set a precedent in crisis response, it sets a precedent in crisis coverage. Behavioral health crisis services are emergency services and should be covered equally to physical health emergency services. California has seized the opportunity that the launch of 988 presented – other states should follow suit to build out their systems of crisis response and care.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“California has once again proved we are a leader in mental health reform,” s<strong>aid <span>Tara Gamboa-Eastman, Senior Advocate at the Steinberg Institute</span>. </strong>“By passing AB 988, the state has become only the 5th to pass legislation to implement and sustainably fund the new mental health crisis line. Now, Californians in crisis can take heart knowing that thanks to AB 988 there will always be help on the other side of the phone.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan has championed 988 on the state level, and Senator Padilla has prioritized the fight to address California’s mental health crisis in Congress. Senator Padilla supported the establishment of the 988 system along with 15 billion to California through the American Rescue Plan, and Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan secured $20 million in funding and groundbreaking legislation to set up 911 alternatives on the state level.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>A recording of the event is available for download <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/j1glopq0glm8cg0/AB%20988%20Update%20with%20Senator%20Padilla%20and%20Asm.%20Bauer-Kahan%20.mp4?dl=0">here</a>.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>###</span></span></p></div> Thu, 03 Nov 2022 20:25:08 +0000 keesheka 1463 at https://a16.asmdc.org Contra Costa Community College District Achieves Legislation to Outreach to Underserved Populations https://a16.asmdc.org/news/20221027-contra-costa-community-college-district-achieves-legislation-outreach-underserved <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Contra Costa Community College District Achieves Legislation to Outreach to Underserved Populations</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/horiikal" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">horiikal</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/31/2022 - 15:09</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-27T22:09:14Z" class="datetime">Thursday, October 27, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-source field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Written for East County Today</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>MARTINEZ, CA – Contra Costa Community College District (4CD) now has the opportunity to conduct outreach activities to specific traditionally underserved populations of Contra Costa County about the high quality instruction and student services offered by its colleges.</p> <p>Thanks to the passage of AB 2627 (Bauer-Kahan), 4CD can move forward in partnership with Contra Costa County (County) to reach military veterans, emancipated foster youth, formerly incarcerated or justice-involved, and the unemployed or underemployed about the numerous opportunities to get the education they need to qualify for good paying jobs in the community.</p></div> <button class="btn btn-info" type="button"><a href="https://eastcountytoday.net/contra-costa-community-college-district-achieves-legislation-to-outreach-to-underserved-populations/">View Article</a></button> Mon, 31 Oct 2022 22:09:14 +0000 horiikal 1461 at https://a16.asmdc.org Governor Newsom has Signed 15 of Assemblymember Bauer- Kahan’s Ambitious Bills into Law https://a16.asmdc.org/press-releases/20221004-governor-newsom-has-signed-15-assemblymember-bauer-kahans-ambitious-bills <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Governor Newsom has Signed 15 of Assemblymember Bauer- Kahan’s Ambitious Bills into Law</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/keesheka" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keesheka</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/04/2022 - 16:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Fifteen of Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s historic bills highlighting AD16 priorities have been signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom</div> <div about="/taxonomy/term/3" id="taxonomy-term-3" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-press-contact"> <h2><a href="/taxonomy/term/3"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Sarah Goodman</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-phone field--type-telephone field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="tel:916-319-2016">916-319-2016</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov">sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-10-04T23:32:53Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, October 4, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span>S</span><span>acramento, CA </span></strong><span>– Upon the conclusion of the 2021-2022 legislative session, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) has successfully achieved signature of 15 bills into law.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s historic <strong>AB 988</strong> has been signed by the Governor after two years of tireless work. The bill implements 988, the Mental Health Crisis Hotline, which went live on July 16th, 2022. The new system will provide a critically-needed alternative to 911 and help deploy mental health professionals, rather than police officers, in situations of mental health crises. This bill transforms mental health emergency response and delivers appropriate care that addresses systemic inequalities.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“This is groundbreaking. I’m thrilled that Governor Newsom has signed AB 988, strengthening California’s leadership on mental health support,” <strong>said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan.</strong>“When people call for help they will get care and not criminalization. This will save lives.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As the Chair of the Assembly’s Select Committee on Reproductive Health, Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan has championed abortion rights with <strong>AB 1242 and AB 1666</strong>. AB 1666, signed by the Governor in June, protects those who aid, receive, or provide abortions from civil penalties they face from other state’s extremist anti-abortion laws. <strong>AB 1242</strong>, which was signed in September, is a groundbreaking measure crafted with Attorney General Bonta to protect abortion providers and their patients from criminalization and create a path for California companies to keep personal data and messages private when served with warrants from extremist states. These pieces of legislation are part of a suite of bills from California’s legislators to make California a sanctuary state for abortion in the face of the Supreme Court’s recent decision overturning <em>Roe v. Wade</em>.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“California has no obligation to be complicit in the criminalization of the right to abortion” <strong>said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan.</strong> “AB 1666 and AB 1242 ensure safe essential care stays legal, putting up a legal shield to protect from arrest, information sharing, and civil penalties.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan partnered with Governor Newsom on <strong>AB 2571</strong>, which the Governor signed into law in June. This law bans dangerous advertisements and marketing of guns to children. Firearms are the leading cause of death for children and youth in the United States. AB 2571 is now law, protecting children and saving young lives.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>District 16 is a high fire risk zone, and with <strong>AB 2083, </strong>Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan has increased safety and accountability for utility-caused wildfires. <strong>AB 2083 </strong>will make utility companies pay for the fires they cause, by preventing them from passing legal settlement costs on to their ratepayers.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>As the Chair of the Water Parks and Wildlife Committee and a lifelong environmental advocate, Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan continues to champion environmental protections.<strong> AB 2805</strong> enhances and refines California’s Regional Conservation Investment Strategies Program ensuring enhanced planning for land conservation and clean energy siting. <strong>AB 2146</strong>, which would have banned pesticides that kill bees, monarchs, and other pollinators for non-agricultural uses, was vetoed by the Governor with a mandate directed to the CA Department of Pesticide Regulation to take up the issue.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“I support Governor Newsom’s direction to regulators to take on this issue, but I fear that we are taking a path that has already failed for over a decade,”<strong> said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan.</strong> “I hope that our state moves quickly to create smart, proven policies to protect our bees, butterflies, and biodiversity.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan continued to vigorously champion mental health legislation, including two bills that were signed in addition to AB 988. <strong>AB 2089</strong> strengthens privacy protections for data collected by apps that provide mental healthcare so that this sensitive, private information can’t be sold. <strong>AB 2754</strong> allows for digital training of future psychiatric professionals to modernize the system and increase a pipeline for a desperately needed workforce.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Women’s economic freedom continues to be a priority for the Assemblymember, which culminated in the signature of <strong>AB 1287, </strong>which finally prohibits and eliminates gendered pricing known as the “pink tax” for all goods sold in California.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Symbols of terror all cause fear, but our penalties treat each symbol differently. <strong>AB 2282 </strong>equalizes penalties across Nazi swastikas, burning crosses, and nooses to make it clear that all Californians deserve to live free of terror.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In addition, Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s <strong>AB 2436,</strong> <strong>AB 2658, AB 1907, AB 2374, AB 2627, </strong>and <strong>AB 1287 </strong>have all been signed into law by the Governor. These bills will expand accuracy for LGBTQ+ couples on official documents, increase justice for youth on electronic monitors, improve inspections of nursing homes, increase penalties for illegal dumping, and assist community colleges’ outreach to underserved communities.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>“</span></strong><span>I’m so proud of what we achieved this year, creating fifteen laws on the issues that matter most to my District. Fire, community safety, reproductive rights, and mental healthcare are critical to my diverse and thoughtful constituency,” <strong>said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan. </strong>“I’m honored to have carried this legislation to signature to build a California that is safer and more inclusive for everyone.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></p></div> Tue, 04 Oct 2022 23:33:59 +0000 keesheka 1450 at https://a16.asmdc.org Californians can expect a high-quality mental health crisis response system with Governor Gavin Newsom’s signing of Assembly Bill 988, The Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act https://a16.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220930-californians-can-expect-high-quality-mental-health-crisis-response-system <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Californians can expect a high-quality mental health crisis response system with Governor Gavin Newsom’s signing of Assembly Bill 988, The Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/keesheka" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keesheka</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/30/2022 - 09:32</span> <div about="/taxonomy/term/1" id="taxonomy-term-1" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-press-contact"> <h2><a href="/taxonomy/term/1"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Jordan Curley</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Chief of Staff</div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-phone field--type-telephone field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="tel:916-319-2016">916-319-2016</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:Jordan.curley@asm.ca.gov">Jordan.curley@asm.ca.gov</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-30T16:31:50Z" class="datetime">Friday, September 30, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>(Sacramento)  In the final days of National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, Governor Newsom has signed the <em>Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act</em>, Assembly Bill 988.  This legislation will transform the way California responds to mental health emergencies to ensure those in crisis receive the urgent care they need.  The new law provides critical funding and a framework for the long-term implementation of the 988 crisis services continuum to ensure everyone has someone to call, someone to come, and somewhere to go. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda), AB 988 implements federal legislation passed in 2020 establishing a new national phone line for suicide prevention and mental health and substance use disorder crises. The bill passed the legislature with strong bipartisan support. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline was launched nationwide in July, giving people in crisis an easy-to-remember number that connects them with counselors. Fully implemented, call centers can connect people calling dispatch mobile crisis support teams – staffed by mental health professionals and trained peers  — to help a person in crisis. Critical to the transformation is reducing the role of law enforcement in crisis response. A recent study found that at least 1 in 4 fatal law enforcement encounters involves an individual with serious mental illness.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act is named for Miles Hall, a 23-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by police officers in 2019 during a mental health crisis. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Key elements of AB 988 include:</span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Sustained funding for crisis centers and mobile response:</span></strong><span> To create an effective crisis response system that every Californian has universal and reliable access to, the bill creates a permanent and sustainable funding source. AB 988 introduces a small telephone surcharge, as permitted in federal 988 legislation, set at only $0.08 per line per month for the first two years with a lifetime cap of $0.30 per line per month. The federal 988 legislation left it to individual states to implement and fund the new line, and many states continue to face funding challenges. California is only the fifth state to implement a 988 phone line surcharge.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Coordinated implementation and long-term planning: </span></strong><span>AB 988 tasks the Office of Emergency Services (OES) with creating a technical advisory board at OES to inform the integration of 988 and 911. AB 988 also tasks the Health and Human Services Agency (HHS) with developing a 5-year implementation plan for 988. </span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span>AB 988 is sponsored by the Steinberg Institute, The Kennedy Forum, Los Angeles County, Contra Costa County, Mental Health America of California, NAMI California, the Miles Hall Foundation, and NAMI of Contra Costa County.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“AB 988 will save lives. We’ve spent years bringing together the incredible advocates, stakeholders, and the families of survivors to build a better mental health system. 988 will fundamentally restructure our crisis response to put care first.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>(D-Orinda)</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Once again California shows how we lead the way in our commitment to mental health. Now that AB988 is law, the new 988 crisis line will have sustained funding and a plan that ensures that people get the critical help they need. Most importantly, we are going to end California’s crisis response patchwork that has too often had tragic results. Thank you, Governor Newsom, for recognizing this opportunity and signing this legislation.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Founder</span></em><span>, <em>Steinberg Institute</em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Ensuring an appropriate, non-law enforcement response to mental health crises benefits both the individual and the community. People deserve trained, clinical assistance and connections to mental health and/or addiction care. Too many families, including the Hall family, have endured unspeakable tragedy because of our blanket response to crisis in this country. AB 988 must set a nationwide precedent for change.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Patrick J. Kennedy</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Former U.S. Representative and founder of The Kennedy Forum</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“By signing AB988 into law families like those I work with every day will be able to sleep more peacefully. They will be able to breathe easier knowing their loved one that lives with mental illness will have a lower risk of harm and likely an improved health outcomes when experiencing a mental health emergency. “</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Gigi R. Crowder, L.E.</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Executive Director</span></em><span>, <em>NAMI Contra Costa</em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“We wish this legislation was in place when my son, Miles Hall needed help in a mental health emergency.  This bill will save lives and we are glad the leadership in California understands the urgency in proactive mental health care.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Taun Hall</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Executive Director</span></em><span>, <em>Miles Hall Foundation</em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Mental Health America of California would like to thank Governor Newsom, Assemblymember Bauer-Kahn and all the statewide partners who we are honored to have collaborated with in the passing of AB 988. This bill will, without a doubt, save lives. We are grateful the bill takes steps toward safely supporting individuals and families who may not otherwise know how or where to access supports and services.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Heidi L. Strunk</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>President &amp; CEO</span></em><span>, <em>Mental Health America of California</em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“We are pleased that our sponsored bill AB 988, the Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act, was signed into law by Governor Newsom, ensuring that people across the state will have what Contra Costa County has worked hard to create:  immediate, localized emergency response by trained mental health professionals through a comprehensive crisis response system that can help prevent avoidable tragedies and increase access to care.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Board Chair Karen Mitchoff</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>District IV Supervisor</span></em><span>, <em>Contra Costa County</em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The current mental health crisis response system relies on law enforcement and puts people suffering from mental illness through an expensive and traumatizing revolving-door as they shuttle between jails, emergency rooms, and the street. A comprehensive crisis response system can prevent these tragedies, save money, and increase access to appropriate care. Signing AB 988, the Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act is an important first step and we are so thankful that Governor Newsom has signed it!”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Jessica Cruz </span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>CEO, National Alliance on Mental Illness-California (NAMI-CA)</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The adoption of AB 988 transforms the way behavioral health crisis assistance is provided to anyone who needs it, anytime of the day. With the implementation plan for 988, California is well on its way to delivering the responsive continuum of care that our most vulnerable citizens deserve. In L.A. County, this translates to reinforcing 988 call center services while continuing to work hard to increase the number of psychiatric mobile response teams and stabilization services to ensure that people get the kind of care they need, when they need it.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>Dr. Lisa Wong </span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><em><span>L.A. County Department of Mental Health</span></em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></span></p></div> Fri, 30 Sep 2022 16:32:57 +0000 keesheka 1449 at https://a16.asmdc.org Governor Newsom Signs Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Bill that Ends Harvesting of Mental Health Data https://a16.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220929-governor-newsom-signs-assemblymember-bauer-kahans-bill-ends-harvesting <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Governor Newsom Signs Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Bill that Ends Harvesting of Mental Health Data</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/keesheka" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keesheka</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/29/2022 - 10:42</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">AB 2089 will add HIPAA protections to the sensitive information collected by digital services that provide mental healthcare</div> <div about="/taxonomy/term/3" id="taxonomy-term-3" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-press-contact"> <h2><a href="/taxonomy/term/3"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Sarah Goodman</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-phone field--type-telephone field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="tel:916-319-2016">916-319-2016</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov">sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-29T17:42:20Z" class="datetime">Thursday, September 29, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Sacramento, CA </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>– Today, Governor Newsom signed AB 2089, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer Kahan (D-Orinda)’s bill to protect mental health data privacy. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>“What surgeries or hospitalizations have you had?”</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>“On a scale of 1-3, how often do you feel as if something terrible might happen?”</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>If a patient answered these questions above in a doctor’s office, any information collected would be protected by federal health privacy laws like HIPAA. However, if a patient answers these questions to connect to a mental health provider through an online app, the service could, and does, harvest and sell this information. Since the pandemic, the online mental healthcare space has exploded with as many as 20,000 apps offering services in this category globally. These companies will earn profits from the mental health crisis, and they target advertisements to individuals based on probable diagnosis. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“It’s unacceptable to force patients to sacrifice privacy for care,” said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan. “When I go to seek care in a doctor’s office, I know that every piece of information I share is protected. It should be no different online. With the signature of AB 2089, we are protecting this sensitive health data as it should be”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Over the last few years, I’ve seen over and over how these therapy apps monetize and take advantage of people’s private mental health information,” said </span></span><span><a href="https://www.therapyjeff.com/"><span>Jeff Guenther</span></a></span><span><span>, a licensed professional counselor and popular online creator who has called out these predatory practices. “People in desperate need of care are exploited by vague and hard to understand privacy policies and have no legal recourse.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>With the Governor’s signature, AB 2089 will ensure standardized information security across modes of care to protect patients.</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></p></div> Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:42:55 +0000 keesheka 1445 at https://a16.asmdc.org Bauer-Kahan Bill Ending Mental Health Data Harvesting Becomes Law https://a16.asmdc.org/news/20220929-bauer-kahan-bill-ending-mental-health-data-harvesting-becomes-law <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bauer-Kahan Bill Ending Mental Health Data Harvesting Becomes Law</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/horiikal" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">horiikal</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/31/2022 - 15:06</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-29T16:32:17Z" class="datetime">Thursday, September 29, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-source field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Written by Mark Nero for the Lamorinda Patch</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>ORINDA, CA -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed into law AB 2089, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer Kahan (D-Orinda)’s bill to protect mental health data privacy.</p> <p>If a patient answered certain sensitive mental health questions in a doctor’s office, any information collected would be protected by federal health privacy laws like HIPAA. However, if a patient answered these questions to connect to a mental health provider through an online app, the service could, and does, harvest and sell this information.</p></div> <button class="btn btn-info" type="button"><a href="https://patch.com/california/lamorinda/bauer-kahan-bill-ending-mental-health-data-harvesting-becomes-law">View Article</a></button> Mon, 31 Oct 2022 22:06:17 +0000 horiikal 1460 at https://a16.asmdc.org Governor Newsom Signs Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Consumer Protection Bill on Utility-Caused Fires https://a16.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220929-governor-newsom-signs-assemblymember-bauer-kahans-consumer-protection-bill <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Governor Newsom Signs Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Consumer Protection Bill on Utility-Caused Fires </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/keesheka" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keesheka</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/29/2022 - 09:25</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">AB 2083 prohibits utilities from passing on the costs of at-fault legal settlements to ratepayers </div> <div about="/taxonomy/term/3" id="taxonomy-term-3" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-press-contact"> <h2><a href="/taxonomy/term/3"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Sarah Goodman</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-phone field--type-telephone field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="tel:916-319-2016">916-319-2016</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov">sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-29T16:24:59Z" class="datetime">Thursday, September 29, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Sacramento CA</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s (D-Orinda) AB 2083, which protects ratepayers of electrical companies from their money being used by the company to pay for wildfire settlement agreements. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“In the last five years, California suffered an unprecedented number of wildfires caused by utilities,” said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan. “Charging ratepayers for the companies’ negligence is unethical and must end. I’m thrilled the governor has signed AB 2083 to protect ratepayers.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>AB 2083 prohibits the use of ratepayer funds in criminal or civil settlement agreements where a utility has been found negligent in starting a fire. Currently, when an investor-owned utility (IOU) reaches a pre-trial settlement with the State, county, or city, the funds for the settlement amount can be drawn from ratepayers, making Californians pay for a company’s negligence. AB 2083 ends this practice in order to hold companies fully accountable and protect ratepayers. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> Thu, 29 Sep 2022 16:25:40 +0000 keesheka 1443 at https://a16.asmdc.org Governor Newsom Signs Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan and Attorney General Bonta’s Groundbreaking Legislation Protecting Digital Information on Abortion https://a16.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220927-governor-newsom-signs-assemblymember-bauer-kahan-and-attorney-general <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Governor Newsom Signs Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan and Attorney General Bonta’s Groundbreaking Legislation Protecting Digital Information on Abortion </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/keesheka" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keesheka</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/27/2022 - 13:46</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">AB 1242 protects digital information stored by California companies</div> <div about="/taxonomy/term/3" id="taxonomy-term-3" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-press-contact"> <h2><a href="/taxonomy/term/3"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Sarah Goodman</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-phone field--type-telephone field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="tel:916-319-2016">916-319-2016</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov">sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-27T20:45:47Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, September 27, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span><span><span>SACRAMENTO</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s bill AB 1242, sponsored by Attorney General Rob Bonta, has been signed by Governor Newsom and will go into effect immediately. The law forges a legal path to protect reproductive digital information handled by companies headquartered in California. The bill also prevents the arrest of individuals or the disclosure by law enforcement of information in an investigation related to any abortion already legal in California. Together, these provisions ensure that California courts and California laws cannot be used to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of abortion-related actions that are legal under California law.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“California is setting a national privacy standard,” <strong>said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda)</strong>.<strong> </strong>“As pro-choice states, we must be just as proactive in protecting abortion rights as extremist states have been in destroying them.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>"California is leading the nation when it comes to protecting reproductive rights – I’m grateful that Governor Newsom continued to advance this mission by signing AB 1242 into law today," <strong>said Attorney General Rob Bonta</strong>. "This first-in-the-nation law helps shield those seeking or providing reproductive healthcare against wrongful prosecution and ensures that California laws and California courts are not used to facilitate investigation or prosecution of abortion-related actions that are legal in our state. I’m proud to have sponsored this important legislation by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan, and I will continue to use every tool in the toolbox to protect reproductive rights.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>AB 1242 prohibits the arrest of anyone for aiding or performing a lawful abortion in California and prohibits California law enforcement from sharing information or assisting in an investigation related to a lawful abortion with out-of-state agencies. Additionally, the bill requires out-of-state law enforcement agencies seeking data or records from corporations in California using our warrant streamlining lawto provide an attestation that the investigation does not involve any crime related to an abortion that is lawful under California law. In sum, these provisions ensure that California courts and California laws are not used to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of abortion-related actions that are legal under California law.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>AB 1242 takes an innovative legal approach to protect user data. The law blocks out-of-state law enforcement officers from using our laws to execute search warrants on California corporations in furtherance of enforcing or investigating an anti-abortion crime. For example, if another state wants to track the movement of a woman traveling to California seeking reproductive health care, the state would be blocked from accessing cell phone site tower location data of the woman by serving a warrant to the tech company in California. In addition, if another state wants Google search history from a particular IP address, it could not serve an out-of-state search warrant at Google headquarters in California without an attestation that the evidence is not related to investigation into abortion services.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The bill was joint-authored by Assemblymember Mia Bonta (D-Oakland) and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), and co-authored by Assemblymembers Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), Boerner-Horvath, (D – Oceanside), Calderon (D- Whittier), Carrillo (D- Los Angeles), Cervantes (D-Corona), Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills), Holden (D- Claremont), Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), Friedman (D-Glendale), Haney (D-San Francisco), Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), Rubio (D–West Covina), Petrie-Norris (D-Newport Beach), Akilah Weber (D-San Diego), Wicks (D-Berkeley) and Wilson (D-Fairfield), Senators Wiener (D-San Francisco), Caballero (D-Merced), Skinner (D-Oakland), and Pro Tem Atkins (D-San Diego).</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>####</span></span></span></span></span></p></div> Tue, 27 Sep 2022 20:46:27 +0000 keesheka 1442 at https://a16.asmdc.org Governor Newsom Signs Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Bill that Eliminates the “Pink Tax” https://a16.asmdc.org/press-releases/20220927-governor-newsom-signs-assemblymember-bauer-kahans-bill-eliminates-pink-tax <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Governor Newsom Signs Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Bill that Eliminates the “Pink Tax”</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/keesheka" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keesheka</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/27/2022 - 12:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">AB 1287 eliminates the “Pink Tax” by prohibiting charging different prices for goods based solely on the gender to which they are marketed.</div> <div about="/taxonomy/term/3" id="taxonomy-term-3" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-press-contact"> <h2><a href="/taxonomy/term/3"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Sarah Goodman</div> </a></h2> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-phone field--type-telephone field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="tel:916-319-2016">916-319-2016</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-contact-email field--type-email field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="mailto:sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov">sarah.goodman@asm.ca.gov</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-27T19:00:06Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, September 27, 2022</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span><span>Sacramento, CA </span></span></strong><span><span>– Governor Newsom has signed Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer Kahan’s (D-Orinda) historic AB 1287, eliminating the “Pink Tax” on goods marketed to women and girls. This legislation is part of a decades-long fight to end gender-based pricing.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>AB 1287 will build on the work begun in 1995 by then-Assemblymember Jackie Speier. Speier’s “Gender Tax Repeal Act” prohibited charging women higher prices for similar <em>services. </em>This bill prohibits price differentials for substantially similar <em>goods. </em>The bill would allow for price differences when goods have a significant difference in the cost or time to produce.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“The ‘Pink Tax’ is a gender based penalty that harms women who are already paid less,” <strong>said</strong> <strong>Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan. </strong>“This type of arbitrary gendered pricing has no place in California. It’s long past time to eliminate this type of inequality. I’m grateful Governor Newsom has signed this bill to ensure price equality in California.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>With AB 1287, Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan fought to remove a last pillar of commercial gender discrimination, in order to ensure women have equal access to products without paying a “tax” for their gender. AB 1287 is an Assembly Women’s Caucus Priority bill and is sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>###</span></span></span></span></p></div> Tue, 27 Sep 2022 19:00:46 +0000 keesheka 1441 at https://a16.asmdc.org California could abolish 'pink tax' under bill awaiting Newsom's signature https://a16.asmdc.org/news/20220920-california-could-abolish-pink-tax-under-bill-awaiting-newsoms-signature <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">California could abolish &#039;pink tax&#039; under bill awaiting Newsom&#039;s signature</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/horiikal" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">horiikal</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/26/2022 - 09:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date-create field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2022-09-20T16:14:31Z" class="datetime">Tuesday, September 20, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-source field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Written by Madison Hirneisen for The Center Square</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>(The Center Square) – Charging more for pink razors, fruit-scented deodorants and other products marketed toward women that are “substantially similar” to products marketed to men would be outlawed in California under a bill sitting on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.</p> <p><strong>Assembly Bill 1287</strong> seeks to eliminate the “pink tax” within California – a phenomenon where products marketed toward women are more expensive than the same products marketed to men.</p> <p>“Gendered pricing or the ‘Pink Tax’ is systemic devaluation of women’s economic wellbeing,” the bill’s author, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, wrote in support of the legislation. “These higher prices, especially for necessities, augments existing gender inequalities in pay and wealth.”</p></div> <button class="btn btn-info" type="button"><a href="https://www.thecentersquare.com/california/california-could-abolish-pink-tax-under-bill-awaiting-newsoms-signature/article_3db2e038-391f-11ed-98fc-a36de8f56427.html">View Article</a></button> Mon, 26 Sep 2022 16:14:31 +0000 horiikal 1440 at https://a16.asmdc.org