Bill Proposing Pilot Program for School-Based Early Mental Health Dies In California Assembly

Assembly Bill 1133 (AB 1133), a bill which focused on school-based early mental health intervention and prevention services support, died after failing to make it out of the Assembly by the January 31, 2016 deadline.

AB 1133, introduced by Assemblymember Achadjian,  would have established a 4-year pilot program to provide outreach, free regional training, and technical assistance for local educational agencies in providing mental health services at school sites.

The failure of this bill to pass follows the publication of a State Auditor report on California schools’ performance in handling the provision of specialty mental health services after responsibility for these services was transferred to them from county mental health departments in January 2011.