as amended, Padilla.
begin deleteComprehensive health education plans: end deletemental health instruction.
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.
This bill would require, during the next revision of the publication “Health Framework for California Public Schools,” the
begin delete state board and the
Instructional Quality Commission to createend delete a distinct category on mental health instruction, as described, begin delete so thatend delete pupils begin delete are knowledgeableend delete 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 begin delete comprehensive health education plansend delete. 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.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares all of the
3(a) Mental health is critical to overall health, well-being, and
5(b) Mental health challenges affect all age groups, races,
6ethnicities, and socioeconomic classes.
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 friend
10or family member.
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 grades
171 to 12, inclusive,
begin delete studentsend delete have the opportunity to benefit
18from a comprehensive mental health education curriculum.
Section 51900.5 is added to the Education Code, to
(a) During the next revision of the publication
22“Health Framework for California Public
begin delete Schools,” the state board the Instructional Quality
begin delete createend delete a distinct category on mental health instruction
begin delete so pupils are knowledgeableend delete
about all aspects of
28(b) As used in this section, “mental health instruction” shall
29include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
P3 1(1) Reasonably designed and age-appropriate instruction on the
2overarching themes and core principles of mental
begin delete health, including,
3but not limited to, definingend delete
common mental health challenges such as
5depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, schizophrenia, bipolar
6disorder, eating disorders, and anxiety, including post-traumatic
begin delete disorder, and elucidatingend delete
8 the services and supports that effectively help
begin delete theseend delete mental health
11 Promoting mental health wellness, which includes positive
12development, social connectedness and supportive relationships,
begin deletewhich is the ability to bounce back despite adversity,end delete
14 problem solving skills, coping skills, self-esteem, and a positive
15school and home environment in which pupils feel comfortable.
17 Ability to identify warning signs of common mental health
18problems in order to promote awareness and early intervention so
19pupils know to take action before a situation turns into a crisis.
20This should include instruction on both of the following:
21(A) How to appropriately seek and find assistance from mental
22health professionals and services within the school district and in
23the community for themselves or others.
24(B) Appropriate evidence-based research and practices that are
25proven to help overcome mental health challenges.
27 The connection and importance of mental health to overall
28health and academic success as well as to cooccurring conditions,
29such as chronic physical conditions and chemical dependence and
32 Awareness and appreciation about the prevalence of mental
33health challenges across all populations, races, ethnicities, and
34socioeconomic statuses, including the impact of culture on the
35experience and treatment of mental health challenges.
37 Stigma surrounding mental health challenges and what can
38be done to overcome stigma, increase awareness, and promote
39acceptance. This should include, to the extent possible, classroom
40presentations of narratives by peers and other individuals who
P4 1have experienced mental health challenges, and how they coped
2with their situations, including how they sought help and
4(c) The department shall convene stakeholders in the mental
5health and educational fields, including, but not limited to,
6stakeholders from culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse
7communities, all mental health professions,
8teachers, parents, those involved in promoting mental wellness,
9and those living with a mental health challenge and their families,
10to provide input for the development of the mental health
11instruction in the
begin delete comprehensive health education plansend delete. The department shall review information and programs
13from other states and countries.
14(d) Commencing with the 2013-14 school year, a school district
15may provide pupils in any grades mental health instruction as
16described in this section.