TAKE ACTION:  Below is a list of legislation sponsored and supported by Maternal Mental Health NOW.  These bills will go a long way in improving access to quality care for new moms and families coping with perinatal mood disorders.  We encourage invested organizations to submit letters of support today!

All letters of support can be submitted HERE

Also, please forward a copy of your letter of support to our Policy Director, Araceli Sandoval-Gonzalez, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can also contact Araceli for more opportunities to participate in our advocacy activities this year.



Maternal Mental Health NOW is partnering with 2020 Mom to sponsor the following bills in California:


AB 845 - Continuing Education: Physicians, Surgeons & Nurses: Maternal Mental Health

Author: Brian Maienschein (D - San Diego)

Summary: Requires the Medical Board of CA to consider offering an elective continuing education course on perinatal mood disorders



AB 1676 - Health Care: Mental Health

Author: Brian Maienschein (D - San Diego)

Summary: Requires health plans and insurers to establish telepsychiatric consultation lines for providers who work with pregnant and postpartum parents and children

Status: Died in Assembly Appropriations, but will be re-introduced next year.



AB 241 - Implicit bias: continuing education: requirements

Author: Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D - Los Angeles)

Sponsors: California Black Women’s Health Project

Summary: Requires the CA Medical Board to provide an elective continuing education course on implicit bias for physicians, surgeons, registered nurses, and physician assistants.

Status: Passed out of the Assembly and is heading to the Senate!


AB 577 - Medi-Cal: Maternal Mental Health

Authors: Assembly Member Susan Talamantes-Eggman (D - Stockton)

Sponsor: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Summary: Extends pregnancy-related (temporary) Medi-Cal coverage for perinatal mood disorders from 60 days after giving birth to up to one year postpartum.

Status: Will be heard on the Assembly floor.  Due to recent amendments, please send your letters of support to the Assembly Health Committee today!


AB 512 - Medi-Cal: Speciality mental health services

Author: Assembly Member Philip Ting (D - San Francisco)

Co-authors: Assembly Members Boerner Horvath, Eduardo Garcia, and Reyes. Senator Portantino.

Sponsors: California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Steinberg Institute, #Out4MentalHealth, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

Summary: Requires Medi-Cal managed mental health plans to develop cultural competency assessment plan for review by DHCS and consultation from Office of Health Equity

Status: Passed out of the Assembly and is headed to the Senate!


SB 464 - California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act

Authors: Senator Holly Mitchell (D - Los Angeles) and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D - San Diego)

Sponsors: ACT for Women and Girls, Black Women for Wellness, NARAL Pro Choice California, and Western Center on Law and Poverty

Summary: Requires hospitals and birth centers to train their providers in implicit bias.  Also improves how the state of California tracks maternal mortality and morbidity by mandating the collection of information about patients' race/ethnicity and underlying causes, and adopting the use of the U.S. standard death certificate.

Status: Passed out of the Senate and is headed to the Assembly!


SB 66 - Medical - FQHC and rural health clinic services

Authors: Senator Toni Atkins (D - San Diego) and Senator Mike McGuire (D - Healdsburg)

Co-Authors: Senators Bates, Beall, Chang, Dodd, Galgiani, Hertzberg, Jones, Nielsen, Portantino, Wiener, and Wilk. Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry, Berman, Carrillo, Dahle, Frazier, Gallagher, Eduardo Garcia, Gray, Maienschein, Mathis, Robert Rivas, and Wood

Sponsor: California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, Californiahealth+ Advocates, and the Steinberg Institute

Summary: Allows for reimbursement of up to 2 visits received at FQHCs on the same day

Status: Passed out of the Senate and is headed to the Assembly!

SB 66 Letter of Support Template

  • Submit your letters HERE