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SB-229 Pupil health: mental health staff. (2021-2022)

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Date Published: 01/19/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 229


Introduced by Senator Dahle
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Megan Dahle)
(Coauthors: Senators Grove, Hurtado, and Nielsen)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Cunningham, Kamlager, Lackey, Mathis, Nguyen, Seyarto, Smith, and Valladares)

January 19, 2021


An act relating to pupil health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 229, as introduced, Dahle. Pupil health: mental health staff.
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, including school psychologists and counselors.
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature in the annual Budget Act each fiscal year to provide $500,000,000, on an equal per-pupil basis, to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools for increasing mental health staff, specifically school psychologists and counselors, at each schoolsite to increase access for youth mental health services.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature in the annual Budget Act each fiscal year to provide five hundred million dollars ($500,000,000), on an equal per-pupil basis, to local educational agencies for increasing mental health staff, specifically school psychologists and counselors, at each schoolsite to increase access for youth mental health services.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that moneys included in the annual Budget Act for purposes described in subdivision (a) would count towards satisfying the minimum funding obligation under Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution.
(c) For purposes of this section, “local educational agency” means a school district, county office of education, and charter school.