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AB-2390 Pupil safety: identification cards: suicide prevention telephone numbers.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/08/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 08, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 30, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2390


Introduced by Assembly Member Harper
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Mathis and Nazarian)

February 14, 2018


An act to add Section 217 to the Education Code, relating to pupil safety.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2390, as amended, Harper. Pupil safety: identification cards: suicide prevention telephone numbers.
Existing law, the California Suicide Prevention Act of 2000, authorizes the State Department of Health Care Services to establish and implement a suicide prevention, education, and gatekeeper program to reduce the severity, duration, and incidence of suicidal behaviors. The act authorizes the State Department of Health Care Services to contract with an outside agency to establish and implement a targeted public awareness and education campaign on suicide prevention and treatment, and requires that target populations include junior high and high school students.
Existing law requires the governing board or body of a county office of education, school district, state special school, or charter school that serves pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to, before the beginning of the 2017–18 school year, adopt a policy on pupil suicide prevention, as specified, that specifically addresses the needs of high-risk groups. Existing law requires the Instructional Quality Commission to consider developing, and recommending for adoption by the State Board of Education, a distinct category on mental health instruction to educate pupils about all aspects of mental health, including, among other things, depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors, as specified. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to send a notice to each middle school, junior high school, and high school that encourages each school to provide suicide prevention training to each school counselor, provides information on the availability of certain suicide prevention training curriculum, informs schools about certain suicide prevention training, and describes how a school might retain those services.
This bill would, commencing July 1, 2019, require a public school, including a charter school, that serves pupils in any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, that issues pupil identification cards to include on the back of the pupil identification cards the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Crisis Text Line, and the school’s campus police or security telephone number or, if the school does not have a campus police or security telephone number, the local nonemergency telephone number.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 217 is added to the Education Code, to read:

217.
 (a) Commencing July 1, 2019, a public school, including a charter school, that serves pupils in any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, that issues pupil identification cards shall include on the back of the pupil identification cards the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Crisis Text Line, and the school’s campus police or security telephone number or, if the school does not have a campus police or security telephone number, the local nonemergency telephone number.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), if, as of January 1, 2019, a school subject to the requirements of subdivision (a) has a supply of unissued pupil identification cards that do not comply with the requirement in subdivision (a), the school shall issue those pupil identification cards to pupils until that supply is depleted.
(c) Subdivision (a) shall apply for a pupil identification card issued to a new pupil and for a pupil identification card issued to replace a pupil’s damaged or lost pupil identification card at the request of that pupil.