California Senate Demonstrates National Leadership on Workplace Mental Health Standards

For immediate release: April 26, 2018

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California Senate Demonstrates National Leadership on Workplace Mental Health Standards

One Mind at Work celebrates the passing of landmark legislation (SB 1113) in the California state Senate that will make California the first state in the nation to establish voluntary mental health standards for the workplace.

“We applaud Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) for his leadership and his colleagues in the Senate for unanimous support of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and the creation of standards of excellence in workplace mental health support.  We believe the proposal is a bold effort to combat the serious and costly impacts of stigma around mental health in our state and ensure mental illness is addressed with the same respect and urgency as physical illness in the workplace,” said Garen Staglin, Co-Founder of One Mind at Work.  “The legislation will now move to the California Assembly with strong bipartisan backing, and we hope a speedy approval.”

In any given year, one in four Californians experiences a mental health condition, and yet mental health remains an uncomfortable and often unaddressed issue in many workplace settings. Research tells us that lack of attention comes at great cost for both employers and employees: Mental health issues are the single most expensive category of health costs for many employers, across all industries and sizes. The loss of employee productivity due to depression alone is estimated to cost U.S. companies as much as $44 billion per year.  One Mind at Work is an employer-led global coalition that includes leaders in mental health support such as ADP, Atmos Energy, Bank of America, Levi Strauss and Co., Silicon Valley Bank, and Sutter Health.

SB 1113 would authorize the state’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to work with private and public employers, employee groups, consumers, and mental health experts to create voluntary guidelines to combat stigma and normalize discussion of mental health in the workplace.


Most of the world’s population spends one-third of their adult lives at work. The workplace and its leaders have a tremendous opportunity to improve quality of life for all people and play a critical role in driving mental health solutions. One Mind at Work is a global employer-led coalition, collaborating across sectors, industries, and national boundaries to transform workplace approaches to mental health.  One Mind at Work corporate members and non-profit partners include ADP, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, Arogya World, Atmos Energy, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, the Kennedy Forum, Levi Strauss and Co., Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Silicon Valley Bank, and Steinberg Institute, Sutter Health.