“Don’t Take No For An Answer”- Training on Parity in Mental Health Services

Historically, insurance companies and health care service plans have not provided equal coverage between physical health, mental health, and substance abuse disorders. For people needing mental health treatment, there are fewer services- with more restrictions and greater costs. Federal and state laws require insurance companies to provide mental health and substance abuse benefits at the same level as physical health benefits, however few people are aware of these laws or how to advocate for equal coverage; as a result, these individuals often do not get the support and treatment that they need.

Through funding from CalMHSA’s Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Project, Disability Rights California trains communities on mental health parity laws and equips participants with tools and strategies to advocate for mental health and substance abuse care. We can discuss individual mental health parity issues, provide counsel and advice, provide help filing complaints, and in select cases that raise systemic issues provide direct representation.

This training is free and does not require registration to attend. For more information, please contact Shannon McOuat with Transistions-Mental Health Association.


San Luis Obispo Veterans' Hall

801 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA, United States



Shannon McOuat

Phone: (805) 540-6510


[email protected]