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AB-2471 Pupil health: School-Based Pupil Support Services Program Act.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/18/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 17, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 22, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2471


Introduced by Assembly Member Thurmond

February 14, 2018


An act to add Article 3.5 (commencing with Section 49445) to Chapter 9 of Part 27 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to pupil health, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2471, as amended, Thurmond. Pupil health: School-Based Pupil Support Services Program Act.
Existing law, the Healthy Start Support Services for Children Act, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to award grants to local educational agencies or consortia to fund programs in qualifying schools that provide support services, which include case-managed health, mental health, social, and academic support services, to eligible pupils and their families.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would increase inschool in-school support services to pupils in order to break down barriers to academic success.
The bill would enact the School-Based Pupil Support Services Program Act, under which grants would be awarded by the State Department of Education to qualifying schools, as defined., defined. The bill would specify that recipient qualifying schools would provide $1 of matching funds for each $4 of grant funds received. The bill would authorize 2 types of grants: planning grants and operational grants. The bill would specify that planning grants would be used by qualifying schools for planning and coordination activities relating to specified support services. The bill would specify that operational grants would be used by qualifying schools for, among other purposes, increasing the presence of school health professionals, as defined, in schools and providing programs that prevent and reduce substance abuse among pupils.
The bill would specify that the source of the state funding for the grants awarded under the program would be an appropriation from the Youth Education, Prevention, Early Intervention and Treatment Account established pursuant to the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64, as approved by the voters at the November 8, 2016, statewide general election). The appropriation would be made to the State Department of Health Care Services, for transfer to the State Department of Education, in accordance with a determination that expenditure of these funds for purposes of this bill would be authorized, as specified. The bill would place an unspecified limit on the amount and duration of the grants.
The bill would require each recipient of a grant under the program to annually report specified data to the State Department of Education.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would increase inschool in-school support services to pupils in order to break down barriers to academic success.

SEC. 2.

 Article 3.5 (commencing with Section 49445) is added to Chapter 9 of Part 27 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  3.5. School-Based Pupil Support Services Program

49445.
 (a) This article shall be known, and may cited, as the School-Based Pupil Support Services Program Act.
(b) As used in this article: article, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “LEA” or “local educational agency” means a school district district, a charter school, or a county office of education.
(2) “Lead agency” means the State Department of Education.
(3) “Qualifying school” includes any of the following: a school in which 55 percent or more of the pupils enrolled are unduplicated pupils, as defined in Section 42238.02.

(A)An LEA in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled pupils are either of the following:

(i)From families that receive benefits from CalWORKS or any successor program, or have limited English proficiency, or both.

(ii)Are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

(B)An LEA which has higher-than-average dropout rates.

(C)A school that does not satisfy the criteria set forth in subparagraphs (A) and (B), but demonstrates other factors that warrant its consideration, including, but not necessarily limited to, fulfilling an exceptional need or providing service to a particular target population.

(4) “School health professional” means a state-licensed school nurse, psychologist, social worker, counselor, or other state-licensed, state-certified health professional qualified under state law to provide support services to pupils. an individual holding a services credential with a specialization in pupil personnel services or a services credential with a specialization in health for a school nurse.

49445.3.
 (a) (1) For purposes of implementing this article, moneys from the Youth Education, Prevention, Early Intervention and Treatment Account established by paragraph (1) of subdivision (f) of Section 34019 of the Revenue and Taxation Code shall be appropriated to the State Department of Health Care Services, for transfer to the lead agency for purposes of awarding grants pursuant to this article, for each fiscal year beginning with the 2019–20 fiscal year. Any funds that are not fully expended in a single fiscal year shall be available for purposes of implementing this article in any one of, or across one or more of, subsequent fiscal years.
(2) The State Department of Health Care Services shall transfer the funds appropriated in paragraph (1) to the lead agency upon determining that the grants to be awarded under this article shall be used for purposes for which the use of moneys from the Youth Education, Prevention, Early Intervention and Treatment Account is authorized.
(b) All grants awarded under this article shall be matched by the participating LEA with one dollar ($1) for each four dollars ($4) awarded. The lead agency may waive the match requirement upon verifying that the LEA made a substantial effort to secure a match but was unable to secure the required matching funds.

49445.5.
 The State Department of Health Care Services shall establish an interagency agreement with the lead agency to implement this article in accordance with the pertinent provisions of the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64, as approved by the voters at the November 8, 2016, statewide general election), and in accordance with a determination made pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 49445.3 that the use of the funds for these purposes is authorized, with the State Department of Education as the lead agency. authorized. The lead agency may integrate or redirect existing resources to perform its duties under this article. These duties include, but are not necessarily limited to, all of the following:
(a) Developing, promoting, and implementing policy supporting the program.
(b) Reviewing grant applications and awarding grants.
(c) Soliciting input regarding program policy and direction from individuals and entities with experience in the integration of children’s services.
(d) Ensuring that programs funded through grants are designed to educate about and prevent substance abuse disorders and harm that may come from substance use.
(e) Ensuring that programs funded through grants provide accurate education to school employees, youth, and caregivers about substance use, mental health stigma, and physical health.
(f) Ensuring that the programs funded through grants provide effective prevention as well as early intervention of substance use, behavioral health issues, and physical health issues.
(g) Ensuring that the programs funded through grants provide timely treatment of youth and their families and caregivers, as needed.
(h) At the request of the Superintendent, assisting the LEA or consortium in planning and implementing this program, including assisting with local technical assistance, and developing interagency collaboration.

49445.7.
 (a) A qualifying school shall first receive a planning grant that will pay the costs of planning and coordination activities, on behalf of one or more qualifying schools within the LEA, relating to programs that provide support services that will include programs designed to educate pupils and prevent substance use disorders from affecting pupils and their families at or near the school. Upon completion of the planning phase, the LEA or consortium shall be eligible to apply for, and may receive, an operational grant. grant pursuant to Section 49445.9. No grant awarded under this article section shall exceed ____ dollars ($____) in any fiscal year, for a maximum of ____ fiscal years.
(b) A recipient of a planning grant under this section shall, at a minimum, comply with all of the following requirements:
(1) Implementing a school climate assessment that includes information from multiple stakeholders, including school staff, pupils, and families, that is used to inform the selection of strategies and behavioral health, as well as substance abuse, and interventions that reflect the culture and goals of the school.
(2) Committing to leverage school and community resources to offer comprehensive multitiered services on a sustainable basis, which can include community and faith-based organizations, foster care providers, juvenile and family courts, and others, who recognize the early signs of substance use, behavioral health issues, physical health, and other barriers to academic success.
(3) Developing strategies and practices that ensure parent engagement with the school and provide parents with access to resources that support their children’s educational success.
(4) Developing strategies and practices that prevent and reduce dropping out of school.
(5) Creating and maintaining a mechanism, described in writing, to coordinate services provided to individual pupils among school staff and school health center staff while maintaining the confidentiality and privacy of health information consistent with applicable state and federal law.

49445.9.
 (a) A qualifying school may receive an operational grant once it has demonstrated readiness to begin operation of a program or to expand existing support services programs. An operational grant awarded under this section shall supplement, and not supplant, existing services and funds. An operational grant awarded under this section shall not exceed ____ dollars ($____) in any fiscal year, for a maximum of ____ fiscal years.
(b) A recipient of an operational grant under this section shall, at a minimum, comply with all of the following requirements:
(1) Increase the presence of school health professionals in its schools.
(2) Provide programs that prevent and reduce substance abuse among its pupils.
(3) Establish a coordination-of-services team that considers referrals for services, oversees schoolwide efforts, and uses data-informed processes to identify struggling pupils who require early interventions. This team may include existing staff.
(4) Provide comprehensive professional development opportunities for school employees, including teachers, that enable school employees to recognize and respond to a child’s unique needs, including the ability to provide referrals to professionals in the school who can provide the needed support service. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to require teachers to provide mental health services to pupils.

49446.
 Each recipient of a grant under this article shall annually report each of the following to the lead agency:
(a) The number of school health professionals employed with grant funds.
(b) The ratio of newly hired health professionals to pupils.
(c) Information indicating an increase in the level of evidence-based programming for pupil support services.
(d) Changes in dropout rates in school over the span of the operational grant.
(e) An evaluation of the impact of the School-Based Pupil Support Services Program. This includes a comparison of data from before the grant was awarded and after. This can include discipline referrals, attendance, suspensions, and other relevant data that can be used to assess impact.