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          Date of Hearing:  May 20, 2015


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair

          580 (O'Donnell) - As Amended May 6, 2015

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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   


          This bill requires, within the first six weeks of every school  
          year and as part of a regularly scheduled staff meeting or  
          meetings, each school district, county office of education  


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          (COE), and charter school to provide in-service training on  
          early identification of pupil mental health issues and referral  
          protocols to certificated employees that provide instruction to  
          K-12 pupils and to classified staff who have regular personal  
          contact with pupils. Specifically, this bill: 

          1)Specifies training for classified staff may occur at a time  
            other than a staff meeting, but in all cases shall occur  
            during regular work hours.

          2)Authorizes training to be provided in an online format outside  
            of a regularly scheduled staff meeting.

          3)Encourages school districts, COEs and charter schools to  
            provide training as part of a larger initiative aimed at  
            improving mental health outcomes for pupils and encourages the  
            use of existing funds to meet the requirements of the bill. 

          4)Specifies nothing in the bill shall be construed to require  
            school personnel to identify, assess, diagnose, or treat pupil  
            mental health issues, nor does the bill authorize or encourage  
            school personnel to act outside of the authority granted by  
            their credential or license.
          FISCAL EFFECT:

          Ongoing Proposition 98/GF state reimbursable mandated costs to  
          school districts in the range of $5 million to $15 million, for  
          school districts, COEs and charter schools to train staff  
          annually.  There are 1,016 school districts and COEs and 1,066  
          charter schools that would be required to train over 550,800  
          teachers, administrators and classified staff.  This estimate  


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          assumes local education agencies bring in an outside trainer or  
          use a train-the-trainer model.  Costs could be reduced to the  
          extent an online module is developed or districts are able to  
          access other low cost options. Actual costs will depend on how  
          local education agencies choose to implement the requirements of  
          the bill. 


          1)Purpose. According to the author, research demonstrates that  
            early detection and treatment of mental illness improves  
            students' attendance, behavior, and academic achievement. In  
            surveys, teachers cite disruptive behavior and their lack of  
            information and training in mental health issues as major  
            barriers to instruction. This bill proposes to provide mental  
            health training to equip teachers and other school staff with  
            the tools they need to support the early identification of  
            mental health problems among their students. 

          2)Types of training. In 2011, California Mental Health Services  
            Agency (CalMHSA) funded a Student Mental Health Initiative  
            through the California County Superintendents Educational  
            Services Association (CCSESA).  This regional initiative was  
            designed to build capacity and cross-system collaboration to  
            develop and sustain school-based mental health programs  
            addressing prevention and early identification strategies. The  
            project used a train-the-trainer model to provide educators  
            with tools for the early identification and prevention of  
            mental health problems.  Two thousand trainings were  
            conducted, with over 140,000 thousand participants.  The  
            estimated total reach of this project is two million students,  
            or one third of the state's enrollment. 


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            Modeling this effort on a statewide basis could be quite  
            expensive however. According to CCSESA, the program cost an  
            average of $2.25 per pupil each year. There are approximately  
            6.2 million students in California. This translates to  
            approximately $15.5 million annually statewide. 

            A less costly alternative may be to provide targeted regional  
            trainings or a statewide online module. The California  
            Department of Education indicates that costs associated with  
            the development of an online module is approximately $200,000.  
            The committee may wish to consider narrowing the bill to  
            develop a statewide online module. 

          Analysis Prepared by:Misty Feusahrens / APPR. / (916)