Anthony J. Portantino
- District 25
(1) Existing law, notwithstanding the requirement that each person between 6 and 18 years of age who is not otherwise exempted is subject to compulsory full-time education, requires a pupil to be excused from school for specified types of absences, including, among others, if the absence was due to the pupil's illness. This bill would include as another type of required excused absence an absence that is for the benefit of the behavioral health of the pupil. To the extent this bill would impose additional duties on local educational entities, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (2) Existing law requires the governing board of a 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. 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, or both, as provided. This bill, contingent on an appropriation made for these purposes, would require the State Department of Education to identify an evidence-based training program for a local educational agency to use to train classified and certificated school employees having direct contact with pupils on youth behavioral health, as specified. The bill would define a local educational agency for purposes of these provisions to mean a county office of education, school district, state special school, or charter school that serves pupils in any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive. The bill would require a local educational agency, on or before January 1, 2023, to certify to the department that at least 50% of its combined certificated and classified employees having direct contact with pupils at each schoolsite, or at least 2 classified and at least 2 certificated employees having direct contact with pupils at each schoolsite, whichever is greater, have received the youth behavioral health training identified by the department. By requiring local educational agencies to provide training, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill, contingent on an appropriation made for these purposes, would require the department to identify an evidence-based behavioral health training program with a curriculum tailored for pupils in grades 10 to 12, inclusive, for use by a local educational agency, as defined, that meets certain requirements. The bill would require a local educational agency, on or before January 1, 2023, to report to the department the number of pupils who have voluntarily completed the behavioral health training program. By requiring local educational agencies to prepare this report, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (3) 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.
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Set for hearing March 10.
From printer. May be acted upon on or after January 7.
Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|12/07/20 - Introduced|
|03/03/21 - Amended Senate|
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