Amended in Senate April 1, 2013

Senate BillNo. 330


Introduced by Senator Padilla

February 19, 2013


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LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 330, as amended, Padilla. Comprehensive health education plans:begin delete approval.end deletebegin insert mental health instruction.end insert

Existing law requires the State Department of Education to prepare and distribute to school districts guidelines for the preparation of comprehensive health education plans, and requires approval of district plans to be made in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the State Board of Education.

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This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to the provision relating to approval of district plans.

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This bill would require, during the next revision of the publication “Health Framework for California Public Schools,” the state board and the Instructional Quality Commission to create a distinct category on mental health instruction, as described, so that pupils are knowledgeable about all aspects of mental health. The bill would require the department to convene stakeholders in the mental health and educational fields, as provided, to provide input for the development of the mental health instruction in the comprehensive health education plans. The bill would require the department to review information and programs from other states and countries. Commencing with the 2013-14 school year, the bill would authorize a school district to provide to pupils in any grades mental health instruction.

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Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: begin deleteno end deletebegin insertyesend insert. State-mandated local program: no.

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

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begin insertThe Legislature finds and declares all of the
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3(a) Mental health is critical to overall health, well-being, and
4academic success.

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5(b) Mental health challenges affect all age groups, races,
6ethnicities, and socioeconomic classes.

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7(c) Millions of Californians, including at least one in five youths,
8live with mental health challenges. Millions more are affected by
9the mental health challenges of someone else, such as a close
10friend or family member.

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11(d) Mental health education is one of the best ways to increase
12awareness and the seeking of help and to reduce the stigma
13associated with mental health challenges. The public education
14system is the most efficient and effective setting for providing this
15education to all children and youth. Therefore, it is the intent of
16the Legislature to ensure that all California kindergarten and
17grades 1 to 12, inclusive, students have the opportunity to benefit
18from a comprehensive mental health education curriculum.

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(a)   During the next revision of the publication
22“Health Framework for California Public Schools,” the state
23board and the Instructional Quality Commission shall create a
24distinct category on mental health instruction so pupils are
25knowledgeable about all aspects of mental health.

26(b) As used in this section, “mental health instruction” shall
27include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

28(1) Reasonably designed and age-appropriate instruction on
29the overarching themes and core principles of mental health,
30including, but not limited to, defining common mental health
31challenges such as depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviors,
32schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and anxiety,
33including post-traumatic stress disorder, and elucidating the
34services and supports that effectively help individuals manage
35these mental health challenges.

P3    1(2) Promoting mental health wellness, which includes positive
2development, social connectedness and supportive relationships,
3resiliency, which is the ability to bounce back despite adversity,
4problem solving skills, coping skills, self-esteem, and a positive
5school and home environment in which pupils feel comfortable.

6(3) Ability to identify warning signs of common mental health
7problems in order to promote awareness and early intervention
8so pupils know to take action before a situation turns into a crisis.
9This should include instruction on both of the following:

10(A) How to appropriately seek and find assistance from mental
11health professionals and services within the school district and in
12the community for themselves or others.

13(B) Appropriate evidence-based research and practices that
14are proven to help overcome mental health challenges.

15(4) The connection and importance of mental health to overall
16health and academic success as well as to cooccurring conditions,
17such as chronic physical conditions and chemical dependence and
18substance abuse.

19(5) Awareness and appreciation about the prevalence of mental
20health challenges across all populations, races, ethnicities, and
21socioeconomic statuses, including the impact of culture on the
22experience and treatment of mental health challenges.

23(6) Stigma surrounding mental health challenges and what can
24be done to overcome stigma, increase awareness, and promote
25acceptance. This should include, to the extent possible, classroom
26presentations of narratives by peers and other individuals who
27have experienced mental health challenges, and how they coped
28with their situations, including how they sought help and
29acceptance.

30(c) The department shall convene stakeholders in the mental
31health and educational fields, including, but not limited to,
32stakeholders from culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse
33communities, all mental health professions, teachers, parents,
34those involved in promoting mental wellness, and those living with
35a mental health challenge and their families, to provide input for
36the development of the mental health instruction in the
37comprehensive health education plans. The department shall review
38information and programs from other states and countries.

P4    1(d) Commencing with the 2013-14 school year, a school district
2may provide pupils in any grades mental health instruction as
3described in this section.

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SECTION 1.  

Section 51911 of the Education Code is amended
5to read:

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Approval of district plans shall be made in accordance
7with rules and regulations adopted by the state board.

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