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AB-748 Pupil mental health: mental health assistance posters.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 01/03/2022 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  January 03, 2022

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 748


Introduced by Assembly Member Carrillo
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Wicks)

February 16, 2021


An act to add Section 49428.5 to the Education Code, relating to pupil health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 748, as amended, Carrillo. Pupil mental health: mental health assistance posters.
Existing law requires each schoolsite in a school district, county office of education, or charter school, serving pupils in any of grades 9 to 12, inclusive, to create a poster that notifies pupils of the applicable written policy on sexual harassment, and requires the poster to be prominently and conspicuously displayed in each bathroom and locker room at the schoolsite, as provided. Existing law requires a school of a school district or county office of education and a charter school to notify pupils and parents or guardians of pupils no less than twice during the school year on how to initiate access to available pupil mental health services on campus or in the community, as provided.
This bill would require, on or before the start of the 2022–23 2023–24 school year, each schoolsite in a school district, county office of education, or charter school, serving pupils in any of grades 6 to 12, inclusive, to create a poster that identifies approaches and shares resources regarding pupil mental health. The bill would require the poster to be prominently and conspicuously displayed in each bathroom and locker room at the at each schoolsite, as provided. The bill would exempt a school district, county office of education, or charter school from civil liability for any damages alleged to have been caused by, or arisen as a result of, compliance or failure to comply with the above requirements. By imposing additional duties on school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
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.

 Section 49428.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

49428.5.
 (a) On or before the start of the 2022–23 2023–24 school year, each schoolsite in a school district, county office of education, or charter school, serving pupils in any of grades 6 to 12, inclusive, shall create a poster that identifies approaches and shares resources regarding pupil mental health.
(b) The schoolsite may partner with local, state, or federal agencies, or nonprofit organizations, for purposes of the design and content of the poster.
(c) The language in the poster shall be age appropriate and culturally relevant, and the schoolsite may partner with local, state, or federal agencies, or nonprofit organizations, for these purposes.
(d) The poster shall be displayed in English and any primary language spoken by 15 percent or more of the pupils enrolled at the schoolsite as determined pursuant to Section 48985.
(e) The poster shall be no smaller than 8.5 by 11 inches and use at least 12-point font.
(f) The poster shall display, at a minimum, all of the following:
(1) Identification of common behaviors of those struggling with mental health or who are in a mental health crisis, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, emotional dysregulation, bipolar episodes, and schizophrenic episodes.
(2) A list of schoolsite-specific resources, including, but not limited to, counselors, wellness centers, and peer counselors, community resources, including suicide prevention, substance abuse, child crisis, and nonpolice mental health hotlines, and public behavioral health services and community mental health centers.
(3) A list of positive coping strategies to use when dealing with mental health, including, but not limited to, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, breathing exercises, grounding skills, journaling, acceptance, and seeking therapy.
(4) A list of negative coping strategies to avoid, including, but not limited to, substance abuse or self-medication, violence and abuse, self-harm, compulsivity, dissociation, catastrophizing, and isolating.
(g) (1) (A) Commencing with the 2022–23 2023–24 school year, the poster shall be prominently and conspicuously displayed in each bathroom and locker room at the at each schoolsite.
(B) The governing board of a school district, governing body of a charter school, and county board of education shall have full discretion to select additional appropriate public areas to display the poster at the schoolsite. These areas may include, but are not limited to, bathrooms, locker rooms, classrooms, classroom hallways, gymnasiums, auditoriums, cafeterias, wellness centers, and offices.
(2) The poster shall be digitized and distributed online to pupils through social media, internet websites, portals, and learning platforms.
(3) To assist school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools in developing policies for pupil suicide prevention, the department shall develop and maintain a model poster, in collaboration with mental health experts, pupils, and administrators, in accordance with this section to serve as a guide for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools.
(h) A school district, county office of education, or charter school, serving pupils in any of grades 6 to 12, inclusive, shall not be civilly liable for any damages alleged to have been caused by, or arisen as a result of, compliance or failure to comply with any of the requirements of this section.

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.