In addition to the direct services we provide to individuals and family members affected by mental illness, Cal Voices advocates for important matters of mental health policy.  Our positions on key mental health issues are available below, along with summaries of our recent advocacy efforts.


National MHA’s policy positions can be viewed here.

Statement by Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO, Regarding Donald Trump’s Recent Comments on Mental Illness can be viewed here.

CA Mental Health legislation summaries are available from ACCESS's advocacy tab.

We Support Evidence-based practices, such as Peer Support, in a Recovery-Based System


“Whether it's villagers in Uganda, farmers who have just moved to large cities in China, middle-class retirees in England, or patients of a large provider system in the US, we all benefit from feeling understood by someone who has “walked in my shoes.” We learn from each other and live healthier lives.”

-Edwin B. Fisher, Ph.D., (Global Evidence for Peer Support: Humanizing Health Care)


Cal Voices promotes Peer Support systems in all the programs we offer as a means to develop a relationship with everyone who we serve. It is our opinion that an introduction, explanation, and plan to recovery is best verbalized by someone who has walked that path. Peer Support has proven to be an effective cost saver in Mental Health costs to taxpayers by diminishing needs for emergency services, as well as helping recognizing life beyond diagnosis that needs more than therapeutic encouragement to be effective. It is important that we all advocate for the best version of SB 10 that included specified Peer Support Specialists Certifications with tailored comprehensive curriculum to serve consumers in specific populations (transition age, adult, parent, or family) by peers in specific populations.


Views supporting Recovery-Based Transformation:


Scholarly research and articles demonstrating Peer Support and Recovery-Based Systems work:

  • Daniels, A., Grant, E., Filson, B., Powell, I., Fricks, L., Goodale, L. (Ed), Pillars of Peer Support: Transforming Mental Health Systems of Care Through Peer Support Services,; January, 2010.

  • Davidson, L., Amy, C. B., Guy, K., & Er, R. A. (2012). Peer support among persons with severe mental illnesses: A review of evidence and experience. World Psychiatry,11(2), 123-128. doi:10.1016/j.wpsyc.2012.05.009

  • Frese, F. J., Stanley, J., Kress, K., & Vogel-Scibilia, S. (2001). Integrating Evidence-Based Practices and the Recovery Model. Psychiatric Services,52(11), 1462-1468. doi:10.1176/

  • Global Evidence for Peer Support: Humanizing Health Care(Rep.). (2014). National Council of La Raza.

  • Leamy, M., Bird, V., Boutillier, C. L., Williams, J., & Slade, M. (2011). Conceptual framework for personal recovery in mental health: Systematic review and narrative synthesis. British Journal of Psychiatry,199(06), 445-452. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.110.083733

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