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SB-972 Pupil and student health: identification cards: suicide prevention hotline telephone number.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/15/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 15, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  April 12, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  March 05, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 972


Introduced by Senator Portantino
(Coauthors: Senators Atkins, Beall, Lara, Leyva, Newman, and Wiener)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Jones-Sawyer and Rodriguez)

February 01, 2018


An act to amend the heading of Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 215) of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 1 of Title 1 of, and to add Section 215.5 to, the Education Code, relating to pupil and student health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 972, as amended, Portantino. Pupil and student health: identification cards: suicide prevention hotline telephone number.
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 the target population 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 require a public school, including a charter school, or a private school that serves pupils in any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, that issues pupil identification cards to have printed on either side of the pupil identification cards the telephone number for a suicide prevention hotline or the Crisis Text Line, or both telephone numbers. The bill would require a public or private institution of higher education that issues student identification cards to have printed on either side of the student identification cards the telephone number for a suicide prevention hotline or the Crisis Text Line, or both telephone numbers.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The heading of Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 215) of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code is amended to read:
Article  2.5. Pupil and Student Suicide Prevention Policies

SEC. 2.

 Section 215.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

215.5.
 (a) Commencing July 1, 2019, a public school, including a charter school, or a private school that serves pupils in any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, that issues pupil identification cards shall have printed on either side of the pupil identification cards the telephone number for a suicide prevention hotline or the Crisis Text Line, or both telephone numbers. either or both of the following telephone numbers:
(1) A suicide prevention hotline. Schools are encouraged to use the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, to meet this requirement.
(2) The Crisis Text Line, which can be accessed by texting HOME to 741741.
(b) Commencing July 1, 2019, a public or private institution of higher education that issues student identification cards shall have printed on either side of the student identification cards the telephone number for a suicide prevention hotline or the Crisis Text Line, or both telephone numbers. either or both of the following telephone numbers:
(1) A suicide prevention hotline. Public and private institutions of higher education are encouraged to use the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, to meet this requirement.
(2) The Crisis Text Line, which can be accessed by texting HOME to 741741.