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AB-739 Pupil instruction: suicide prevention: mental illness awareness.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 26, 2011
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 06, 2011

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 739


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal, Ammiano, Brownley
(Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Williams)

February 17, 2011


An act to add Section 51223.5 to the Education Code, relating to pupil instruction.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 739, as amended, Bonnie Lowenthal. Pupil instruction: suicide prevention: mental illness awareness.
Existing law establishes an adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive. Existing law establishes the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission and requires the commission to recommend to the State Board of Education the adoption of minimum standards for courses of study in presdiv id="bill">

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 51223.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

51223.5.
 (a) During the next revision of the health education framework, the state board and the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission shall include suicide prevention instruction and mental illness awareness instruction in that framework for pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive. In the course of that revision, the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission and the state board shall include suicide prevention instruction and mental illness awareness instruction in the evaluation criteria for grades 7 and 8.
(b) Commencing with the 2012–13 school year, a school district may provide to pupils in any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, suicide prevention instruction and mental illness awareness instruction.

(b)

(c) As used in this section, “suicide prevention instruction” includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Awareness and knowledge of depression, depression symptoms, self-destructive behaviors, and risk factors and warning signs of suicide.
(2) Ability to identify school and community resources for suicide prevention.
(3) Knowledge and skills about how to seek help for oneself or a friend and how to overcome barriers to seeking help.
(4) Importance of witnesses and bystanders reporting actual or perceived signs of suicide risk factors or behaviors to teachers, counselors, administrators, or other school staff.

(c)

(d) As used in this section, “mental illness awareness instruction” includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Awareness and knowledge of mental illnesses and disorders, including, but not limited to, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autism spectrum disorders.
(2) Ability to identify school and community resources for individuals living with a mental illness or disorder.
(3) Knowledge and skills about how to seek help for oneself or a friend and how to overcome barriers to seeking help.