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AB-1378 Pupil health: mental health peer supporters: model program.(2021-2022)

As Amends the Law Today


 Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 49485) is added to Chapter 9 of Part 27 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  6.5. Mental Health Peer Supporters
 (a) On or before July 1, 2022, the department, in collaboration with the State Department of Health Care Services, shall establish a peer-to-peer mental health support model program to enable pupils in high school to act as peer supporters for fellow pupils on campus. The model program shall include all of the following elements:
(1) A mechanism to train pupils on becoming peer supporters for purposes of providing mental health and abuse support, including using resources from a local department of mental health.
(2) A requirement that each schoolsite provide a private space for pupils to meet with peer supporters.
(3) A requirement that any information shared at a peer supporter meeting remain confidential.
(b) On or before July 1, 2022, each governing board of a school district shall implement the model program described in subdivision (a) on each schoolsite of the school district that contains a high school.
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.