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AB-2691 Pupil health: pupil and school staff trauma: Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 08/29/2018 09:00 PM
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Enrolled  August 29, 2018
Passed  IN  Senate  August 23, 2018
Passed  IN  Assembly  August 27, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  August 17, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 16, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 20, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2691


Introduced by Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer

February 15, 2018


An act to add Article 7 (commencing with Section 33390) to Chapter 3 of Part 20 of Division 2 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to pupil health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2691, Jones-Sawyer. Pupil health: pupil and school staff trauma: Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative.
Existing law requires the governing board of any school district to give diligent care to the health and physical development of pupils and authorizes the governing board of a school district to employ properly certified persons for the work.
This bill would establish within the State Department of Education the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative to address the impact of adverse childhood experiences on the educational outcomes of California pupils. The bill would require the department, if it determines appropriate funding is available, to take specified actions, on or before December 31, 2020, to implement the initiative, including developing and posting online an Internet Web site with information regarding the trauma-informed care approach, as defined, and a guide created by the department for public schools, including charter schools, on how to become trauma-informed schools, as defined. The bill would require school districts and charter schools to provide the Internet Web address of that Internet Web site to parents and guardians, as specified. To the extent the bill would impose additional duties on school districts and charter schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require the department, with the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup, to consult with the State Department of Social Services for assistance in implementing the initiative.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 7 (commencing with Section 33390) is added to Chapter 3 of Part 20 of Division 2 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  7. Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative

33390.
 For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:
(a) “ACEs” means adverse childhood experiences.
(b) “Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup” means the workgroup convened in 2012 by the Superintendent, Tom Torlakson, to develop policy recommendations that promote early identification, referral, coordination, and access to quality mental health services for pupils.
(c) “Trauma-informed care approach” means an approach that involves understanding of ACEs and responding to the symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma and traumatic stress across the lifespan of an individual.
(d) “Trauma-informed school” means a public school, including a charter school, that does all of the following:
(1) Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery from trauma.
(2) Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in pupils, teachers, and staff.
(3) Responds to trauma by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into the school’s policies, procedures, and practices.
(4) Seeks to actively resist retraumatization.

33392.
 There is hereby established within the department the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative to address the impact of ACEs on the educational outcomes of California pupils.

33394.
 (a) If it determines appropriate funding is available, the department shall, on or before December 31, 2020, do all of the following to implement the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative:
(1) Provide information regarding the trauma-informed care approach to school districts and charter schools.
(2) Develop a guide for public schools, including charter schools, on how to become trauma-informed schools.
(3) Offer training on the trauma-informed care approach to school districts and charter schools, which shall include the guide developed pursuant to paragraph (2).
(4) Develop and post online an Internet Web site about the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative that includes information for public schools, including charter schools, and parents and guardians regarding the trauma-informed care approach and the guide developed pursuant to paragraph (2).
(b) The department, with the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup, shall consult with the State Department of Social Services for assistance in implementing subdivision (a).

33396.
 If the department implements the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative pursuant to Section 33394, each school district and charter school shall provide the Internet Web address of the Internet Web site developed and posted by the department pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 33394 to parents and guardians of the pupils of the school district or charter school in accordance with Section 48980 for school districts.

33398.
 Nothing in this article shall be construed as authorizing or encouraging an employee of a public school, including a charter school, maintaining kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to diagnose or treat mental illness unless the employee is specifically licensed and authorized to do so.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.