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          Date of Hearing:   August 14, 2013

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                   SB 330 (Padilla) - As Amended:  August 6, 2013 

          Policy Committee:                             Education Vote:7-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:              No

           SUMMARY  

          This bill requires the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC),  
          during the next revision of the health curriculum framework, to  
          consider developing and recommending a distinct category on  
          mental health instruction to educate pupils about all aspects of  
          mental health.  Specifically, this bill:  

          1)Defines mental health instruction to include, but not be  
            limited to, promoting mental health awareness, defining common  
            mental health challenges (i.e., depression, bipolar disorder,  
            eating disorders, schizophrenia, etc.), ability to identify  
            warning signs, awareness and appreciation of these challenges,  
            and understanding the stigma associated with mental health  
            challenges, as specified.  

          2)Requires the State Department of Education (SDE) to review  
            information and programs from other states/countries and  
            convene mental health stakeholders to provide input for the  
            development of mental health instruction in the health  
            curriculum framework, as specified.  

          3)Authorizes, beginning with the 2013-14 school year, a school  
            district to provide pupils in any grades with mental health  
            instruction.  

          4)Specifies this measure does not require or authorize the IQC  
            to recommend new health education content standards.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          GF administrative costs, likely between $125,000 and $175,000,  
          to review information and programs related to mental health and  








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          convene a stakeholder group to provide input on mental health  
          instruction.  These costs would be in addition to base the GF  
          costs the IQC incurs for developing the health curriculum  
          framework.  

           COMMENTS

            1)Purpose  .  According to the author, "Mental health challenges  
            touch everyone affect all age groups, races, ethnicities, and  
            socioeconomic classes. According to the National Institute of  
            Health, an estimated one in five children and one in four  
            adults live with some sort of mental health challenge. In  
            total, close to 50% of all Americans will experience a mental  
            health challenge over their lifetime. 

            "Education is one of the best ways to increase awareness and  
            treatment, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health  
            challenges. California's public education system is one of the  
            most effective means to provide each child with an opportunity  
            to acquire knowledge about mental health issues."

            This bill requires the IQC, during the next revision of the  
            health curriculum framework, to consider developing and  
            recommending a distinct category on mental health instruction  
            to educate pupils about all aspects of mental health.

           2)The current health curriculum framework and mental health  .   
            The existing health curriculum framework, which serves pupils  
            in grades K-12, includes a sections relating to mental health.  
             For example, the framework discusses mental health issues in  
            schools and provides information related to identifying these  
            issues and developing policies and procedures to address them.  
             Likewise, the framework provides information on the treatment  
            options available to individuals with mental health issues  
            (e.g., Medi-Cal).        

           3)Moratorium on the development and adoption of instructional  
            materials (IM) and curriculum frameworks  .  AB 2 X4 (Evans),  
            Chapter 2, Statutes of 2009, specified that local education  
            agencies (LEAs) are not required to purchase IM through the  
            2012-13 fiscal year (FY). Consistent with the non-purchasing  
            requirement, Chapter 2 also suspended the requirement for SBE  
            to adopt IM or conduct other procedures associated with  
            adoption (i.e., adopting curriculum frameworks) until the  
            2013-14 school year.  SB 70 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal  








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            Review), Chapter 7, Statutes of 2011, extended this suspension  
            until the 2014-15 FY.

            Once the moratorium ends on the development and adoption of  
            curriculum frameworks, SDE anticipates a new health curriculum  
            framework will be adopted in 2018.  The current framework was  
            adopted in 2002.   

            


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Kimberly Rodriguez / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081