The Power of One Voice.

CSAP’s robust advocacy agenda advances mental health policies that support the needs of the psychiatric profession, allied fields, and the patients you serve. Our success stems from the strength and collective power of members’ voices like yours. 

Our policy agenda focuses on ensuring that psychiatrists in California are able to deliver the best care to their patients, and that mental health and psychiatric care are recognized as essential services within the total health care delivery system.

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Advocating for Mental Wellness in the Midst of a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has generated uncertainty and hardship for communities, families, and businesses on an extraordinary scale. Almost no other employment sector has been more directly affected and overwhelmed than health care, and especially frontline workers in the medical care and mental wellness arenas. 

Psychiatrists have had to completely reimagine how and where patients receive treatment. At the same time, the pandemic has caused a dramatic and widespread increase in mental health diagnoses and a greater need and higher demand for behavioral health services across the spectrum. 

CSAP’s policy priorities for 2022 are under development and will be designed to help psychiatrists and their patients navigate current challenges. Please check back here later this year (most likely by 12/1/21).

To learn more or to get involved, contact us at info@calpsychiatrists.org

Access

CSAP maintains direct access to members of the California Legislature and United State Congress. CSAP actively engages in efforts in local, state and national arenas.

Alliance

CSAP is the only California association for psychiatrists allied with the the American Psychiatric Association.

Advancement

CSAP is leading the way in California on issues such as parity, alternative (non-law enforcement) responses to mental health crises, state budget allocations, and assisting psychiatrists with new requirements on their practices.

GA Chair - Dr. Steve Koh

Steve Koh, MD, MPH, MBA is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is current Director of Outpatient Psychiatry (Hillcrest) and Community Psychiatry Program. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and medical school from UCSD. He received a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. He finished his internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, general psychiatry residency at UCSD and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at UCSD. 
 
Dr. Koh is Past President of the San Diego Psychiatric Society, Association of Korean American Psychiatrists, and Board of San Diego NAMI. He is on the executive board at San Diego County Medical Society. Other organizational associations include Group for Advancement of Psychiatry, American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, and American Association of Community Psychiatry. At the American Psychiatric Association, he is member of the finance and audit committee and SDPS representative to the Assembly. 
 
Dr. Koh’s clinical and research interests lie in older adults with cognitive deficits, underserved patient population, mental health systems, clinical delivery models and technology enabled patient care.  

Vice-Chair - Dr. Ilse Wiechers

Ilse Wiechers, MD, MPP, MHS is a geriatric psychiatrist with additional expertise in health policy and health services research. She serves as the National Director for Psychopharmacology & Somatic Treatments in the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in VA Central Office, where she advances quality and access to psychopharmacology and somatic treatments (such as ECT, rTMS, and ketamine) for Veterans. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at University of California San Francisco and adjunct faculty at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Wiechers specializes in providing clinical care for Veterans with late-life mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders. She teaches extensively to interprofessional health care audiences at all levels of training and experience. She is a collaborator on several grants focused on improving the quality of psychotropic prescribing and serves as an operational partner for several VA-funded studies. Dr. Wiechers is also deeply engaged in advocacy and policy work through her service to professional organizations. She currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer-Elect on the AAPG Board of Directors and as the AAGP representative to the American Psychiatric Association Assembly. For the past 8 years she has chaired the Public Policy Committee of the AAGP. 

Dr. Wiechers earned her MD and Master of Public Policy at Duke, did her psychiatry residency at MGH and McLean Hospitals, and her geriatric psychiatry fellowship and Master of Health Science at Yale. She is an alumna of the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment, the Yale RWJF/VA Clinical Scholars Program, and the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry Training Program. Dr. Wiechers is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has been elected to the membership of the American College of Psychiatrists.

CSAP Bill Position Letters

ASSEMBLY BILLS

AB 32 – Telehealth

AB 32 – SUPPORT

AB 541 – Tobacco assessment

AB 541 – SUPPORT

AB 562 – Frontline COVID-19 Provider Mental Health Resiliency Act of 2021: health care providers: mental health services

AB 562 -SUPPORT

AB 1094 – Sexual orientation and gender identity data collection pilot project

AB 1094 – SUPPORT

AB 1094 – SUPPORT (2)

AB 118 – Emergency services: community response: grant program

AB 118 – SUPPORT

AB 118 – SUPPORT (2)

AB 58 – Pupil health: suicide prevention policies and training: school-based health programs: pilot program

AB 58 – SUPPORT

AB 681 – Mental health: information sharing

AB 681 – SUPPORT

AB 988 – Mental health: mobile crisis support teams: 988 crisis hotline

AB 988 – SUPPORT

AB 1178 – Medi-Cal: serious mental illness: drugs

AB 1178 – SUPPORT

383 – Behavioral health: older adults

AB 383 – SUPPORT

AB 638 – MHSA:  early intervention and prevention programs

AB 638 – SUPPORT (2)

AB 998 – Incarcerated persons: health records

AB 998 – SUPPORT (2)

AB 1038 – California Health Equity Program

AB 1038 – SUPPORT (2)

AB 562 – Frontline COVID-19 Provider Mental Health Resiliency Act of 2021

AB 562 – SUPPORT

AB 1357 – Perinatal services: maternal mental health

AB 1357 – SUPPORT

AB 748 (Carrillo) Pupil mental health: mental health assistance posters

AB 748 – SUPPORT

AB 738 (Nguyen) Community mental health services: mental health boards

AB 738 – SUPPORT

AB 1618 (Aguiar-Curry) Alzheimer’s disease

AB 1618 – SUPPORT AND AMEND

AB 1630 (Weber) Competence to stand trial

AB 1630 – SUPPORT

AB 2032 (E. Garcia) Ending Military and Veteran Suicide Task Force

AB 2032 – SUPPORT

SENATE BILLS

SB 21 – Specialized license plates: mental health awareness

SB 21 – SUPPORT

SB 221 – Health care coverage: timely access to care

SB 221 – SUPPORT

SB 221 – SUPPORT (2)

SB 316 – Medi-Cal: federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics

SB 316 – SUPPORT

SB 316 – SUPPORT (2)

SB 507 – Mental health services: assisted outpatient treatment

SB 507 – SUPPORT

SB 516 – Certification for intensive treatment: review hearing

SB 516 – SUPPORT

SB 528 – Juveniles: health information summary: psychotropic medication

SB 528 – SUPPORT

SB 428 – Adverse childhood experiences screenings

SB 428 – SUPPORT (2)

SB 387 (Portantino) School employee and pupil training: youth mental and behavioral health

SB 387 – SUPPORT

SB 858 (Wiener) Health care service plans: discipline: civil penalties

SB 858 – SUPPORT

SB 861 (Limon) Dementia Care Navigator Grant Program

SB 861 – SUPPORT

SB 877 (Eggman) California Victim Compensation Board: mental health services: reimbursement

SB 877 – SUPPORT

SB 1019 (Gonzalez)  Medi-Cal managed care plans: mental health benefits

SB 1019 – SUPPORT

FEDERAL BILLS

H.R. 5218 (Ruis) Collaborate in an Orderly and Cohesive Manner Act

H.R.5218 – SUPPORT

H.R. 7116 – 9-8-8 Implementation Act of 2022 – SUPPORT

9-8-8 Implementation Act (Cardenas) – SUPPORT

LETTERS TO THE GOVERNOR

AB 118 (Kamlager) – SUPPORT  

AB 118 Support Letter 9.14.21

AB 653 (Waldron) – SUPPORT  

AB 653 Support Letter 9.17.21

AB 1357 (Cervantes) – SUPPORT  

AB 1357 Support Letter 9.17.21

AB 570 (Santiago) – SUPPORT  

AB 570 Support Letter 9.20.21

AB 359 (Cooper) – SUPPORT  

AB 359 Support Letter 8.24.21

SB 48 (Limon) – SUPPORT  

SB 48 Support Letter 9.17.21

SB 221 (Weiner) – SUPPORT  

SB 221 Support Letter 9.17.21

SB 365 (Caballero) – SUPPORT
SB 365 Support Letter 9.17.21  
SB 428 (Hurtado) – SUPPORT  

SB 428 Support Letter 9.17.21

SB 465 (Eggman) – SUPPORT  

CSAP SB 465 Support Letter 9.17.21

SB 682 (Rubio) – SUPPORT  

SB 682 Support Letter 9.17.21

SB 110 (Wiener) – SUPPORT  

SB 110 Support 9.17.21

SB 14 (Portantino) – SUPPORT  

SB 14 Support Letter 9.20.21