Several Bills Introduced By the California Legislature Related to Mental Health Funding for Schools

Over the coming months, Paradigm’s Policy & Research division will track the progress of three California bills related to mental health funding for schools: AB 174 (Bonta), AB 760 (Dickinson & Steinberg), and SB 596 (Yee).

 

AB 174 (Bonta, 2013)

This bill would establish a state grant program known as PROMISE which would provide resources to eligible applicants, including local education agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community health centers, to fund activities and services to directly address the mental health and related needs of students who are impacted by trauma, as specified. Read more…

 

AB 760 (Dickinson & Steinberg, 2013)

This bill would require that revenues collected pursuant to a new ammunition tax be allocated to the School-Based Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention Services Matching Grant Program. The bill states that EMHI matching grants is in California’s best interest, both in economic and human terms, to identify and treat the minor and moderate mental difficulties that children experience before they become serious mental disorders. Read more…

 

SB 596 (Yee, 2013)

This bill would require, to the extent that nonstate funds are received, the Superintendent to establish a pilot program pursuant to which the State Department of Education and relevant state and local partners would assist school districts in their efforts to establish or enhance mental health services and support for pupils at public elementary and secondary schoolsites. The bill would specify that these services may include, but are not necessarily limited to, screenings, assessments, evaluations, interventions, and treatment. The bill would specify the primary goals of the pilot program, which would include the facilitation of the coordination of school staff, as defined, school districts, county mental health departments, and community-based organizations in establishing or enhancing school-based mental health services. Read more…