California legislative update – Fall 2019 (updated Oct, 2019)
Below are the list five bills that were signed or incorporated into law that the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity (4CA) was tracking. Below that is the table of bills 4CA was tracking that address childhood adversity in the Legislature for 2019. The list is not an exhaustive list so please email Kelly Hardy with Children Now if you think a bill is missing and/or if you have any questions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assembly Bill 741 (Kalra), which requires the Department of Health Care Services to provide trainings for personnel who administer trauma screenings in a pediatric or primary care providing setting for children in Medi-Cal. The substance of this bill was included in the Governor’s May Revise budget, and funded at $50 million in the final 2019-20 state budget.
- Assembly Bill 748 (Gipson), which makes a number of changes to the criteria that must be met in order for a nonminor who has not yet reached 21 years of age to be eligible for extended foster care benefits. The Governor signed this bill into law on October 9, 2019.
- Assembly Bill 1004 (McCarthy), which requires developmental screening services provided under Medi-Cal to comply with the periodicity schedule and the standardized and validated developmental screening tools that are established by the Bright Futures Guidelines. The Governor signed this bill into law on September 30, 2019.
- Senate Bill 419 (Skinner), which extends the prohibition against suspending a pupil enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3 for disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of school personnel to include grades 4 and 5 permanently, and any of grades 6 to 8 until July 2025, and applies these prohibitions to charter schools.
- Assembly Concurrent Resolution 63 (Cooley), which acknowledges April 2019 as Child Abuse Prevention Month and encourages Californians to work together to support youth-serving child abuse prevention activities in their communities and schools. Resolutions do not have the force of law. ACR 63 was enrolled on May 22, 2019.
Here is a link to ALL the bills listed below and the status/ outcome of each bill from the 2019 session.
California’s Legislature is now in recess (the full legislative calendar can be found here). During the Fall, the Newsom Administration and department staff are working on the details of the following year’s budget proposal, and Assemblymembers and state Senators are considering which bills they will introduce in the next session.
Update June, 2019
Below is the table of bills 4CA is tracking that address childhood adversity in the Legislature for 2019. The list is not an exhaustive list so please email Kelly Hardy with Children Now if you think a bill is missing and/or if you have any questions. Email: email@example.com
|Bill Number||Topic||Summary||Status in Legislature|
|Pupil health: mental health professionals||AB 8 would require schools to have one mental health professional for every 600 pupils accessible on campus during school hours. For schools of less than 600 pupils, there would be at least one mental health professional for one or more schools or enter into an agreement with a county agency or community-based organization to provide mental health services to pupils.||6/20/2019 – Passed unanimously out of Senate Education Committee; in Senate Health Committee|
|AB 166 (Gabriel)||Medi-Cal: violence preventive services||AB 166 would require Medi-Cal to provide coverage for violence preventive services provided by a qualified violence prevention professional for a Medi-Cal beneficiary. It would also establish training and experience criteria for individuals providing violence preventive services.||6/20/2019 – Senate Health Committee hearing postponed|
|AB 302 (Berman)||Parking: homeless students||AB 302 would require a California Community College campus that has parking facilities on campus to grant overnight access to those facilities to any homeless student who is enrolled in coursework, has paid any enrollment fees that have not been waived, and is in good standing with the community college.||6/20/2019 – Double referred to Education and Judiciary Committee|
|AB 656 (Eduardo Garcia)||Office of Healthy and Safe Communities||AB 656 would establish the Office of Healthy and Safe Communities under the direction of the California Surgeon General and the Governor, to provide a comprehensive violence prevention strategy.||6/12/2019 – Double referred to Senate Health and Senate Public Safety Committees|
|AB 734 (Maienschein)||Resource families: supportive services pilot program||AB 734 would require CDSS to establish a pilot program in up to five counties in order to provide additional supports and services to resource families through coaching and to consult relevant stakeholders and consider stakeholder recommendations regarding certain parameters of the pilot program. It requires participating counties to conduct at least one evaluation regarding the program’s impact and effectiveness.||6/20/2019 – Amended and in Senate Human Services Committee|
|AB 741 (Kalra)||Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program: trauma screening||AB 741 would require the Department of Health Care Services to provide trainings for personnel who administer trauma screenings in a pediatric or primary care providing setting for children in Medi-Cal.||6/5/2019 – Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee – included in May Revise|
|AB 748 (Gipson)||Nonminor dependents||AB 748 would make a number of changes to the criteria that must be met in order for a nonminor who has not yet reached 21 years of age to be eligible for extended foster care benefits.||6/20/2019 – Amended and in Senate Health Committee|
|AB 875 (Wicks)||Pupil health: in-school support services||AB 875 would update the Healthy Start Support Services for Children Grant Program, previously administered by CDE and identifies potential funding sources for the program.||6/20/2019 – In Senate Education Committee; hearing postponed by committee|
|AB 887 (Kalra)||Office of Health Equity: Surgeon General||AB 887 would codify the role of state surgeon general and places the Office of Health Equity, currently located within CDPH, under the surgeon general’s office.||6/5/2019 – Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee|
|AB 901 (Gipson)||Juveniles||AB 901 would eliminate truancy and habitually refusing to obey parents as criminal offenses subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.||6/20/2019 – Double referred to Senate Public Safety Committee and Senate Education Committee|
|AB 1004 (McCarty)||Developmental screening services||AB 1004 would require developmental screening services provided under Medi-Cal to comply with the periodicity schedule and the standardized and validated developmental screening tools that are established by the Bright Futures Guidelines.||6/20/2019 – In Senate Health Committee|
|SB 10 (Beall)||Mental health services: peer, parent, transition-age, and family support specialist certification||SB 10 would require DHCS to establish a program for certifying peer support specialists. It would require DHCS to amend its Medicaid state plan and to seek any federal waivers or state plan amendments to implement the certification program.||6/20/2019 – Amended and in Assembly Health Committee|
|SB 66 (Atkins)||Medi-Cal: federally qualified health center and rural health clinic services||SB 66 would require Medi-Cal reimbursement to a federally qualified health center and a rural health center for two visits on the same day at the same location if after the first visit the patient suffers from illness or injury that requires additional treatment and diagnosis, or if the patient has a medical visit and a mental health or dental visit in the same day.||6/20/2019 – In Assembly Health Committee|
|SB 419 (Skinner)||Pupil discipline: suspensions: willful defiance||SB 419 would extend the prohibition against suspending a pupil enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3 for disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of school staff to include grades 4 to 8 permanently, and grades 9 to 12 until January 2025, and applies these prohibitions to charter schools.||6/20/2019 – In Assembly Education Committee|
|SB 428 (Pan)||Teachers: youth mental health first aid||SB 428 would require CDE to identify an evidence-based training program for local educational agencies to use to train classified and certificated school employees having direct contact with pupils in youth mental health first aid.||6/20/2019 – Referred to Assembly Education and Health Committees|
|SB 433 (Monning)||Youth development and diversion||SB 433 would require CDSS in collaboration with CDPH to establish and oversee a three-year, five-county pilot program for the purpose of advancing a comprehensive, coordinated and expanded approach to youth diversion, with the goal of minimizing youth contact with the juvenile or criminal justice systems.||6/5/2019 – Held in Senate Appropriations Committee --there is a budget proposal still in play|
|SB 445 (Portantino)||Alcohol and drug treatment: youth||SB 445 would establish the Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults Substance Use Disorder Treatment. It would require DHCS to convene an expert panel to advise DHCS solely on the development of youth substance use disorder treatment quality standards. It would also require DHCS to adopt regulations to establish quality youth SUD treatment standards.||6/20/2019 -- Passed out of Assembly Health Committee and onto Appropriations Committee|
|ACR 63 (Cooley)||Child Abuse Prevention Month||ACR 63 acknowledges April 2019 as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Encourages Californians to work together to support youth-serving child abuse prevention activities in their communities and schools.||In statute|