State Budget Includes Funds for School Health
The California state budget for 2016-17 was signed by the Governor on June 27 and includes $600,000 in support of school-based health centers (SBHCs).
The funding will be used to create two positions in the Department of Public Health to provide technical assistance in the development and expansion of SBHCs over a two year period. While this funding will not go directly to SBHCs, it is a huge first step in strengthening our state’s investment in them.
We will be providing recommendations to the Department of Public Health about how the state-funded staff can support SBHCs.
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AB 1567 – Afterschool Access for Success Act
This bill would waive program fees for state-funded afterschool programs for homeless and very poor youth and give them priority access.
AB 1572 – Student Transportation for Success Act
This bill would provide free transportation, such as free public transit passes and school bus transportation in rural communities, to K-12 students who attend schools eligible for Title 1 federal funding and face barriers in getting to school.
AB 1644 – Trauma and mental health services in schools
AB 1644 establishes the new School-Based Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention Services Support Program (EMHI support program). The program would provide outreach, training, and technical assistance for schools and Local Education Agencies that provide mental health services, with priority to communities with high levels of childhood adversity.
AB 1863 – Improving access to mental health services
This bill will increase Californians’ access to mental health in our most vulnerable communities by adding Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) to the list of providers that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) or Rural Health Centers may bill Medi-Cal for face-to-face visits.
AB 2506 – Chafee Education Training Voucher
This bill would expand access to the only source of dedicated financial aid to foster youth: the Chafee Education and Training Voucher. AB 2506 would modify Chafee eligibility such that all students who apply by August 31st would be entitled to a grant. It would also restrict the use of Chafee funds at schools that meet certain graduation and loan default criteria.
AB 2527 – LCFF-aligned school climate survey
This bill would require the Superintendent of Public Instructions (SPI) to establish an advisory committee for the creations of a model survey aligned with the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) state priorities, including school climate. The SPI would then recommend model surveys to the State Board of Education for adoption.
AB 2548 – Accountability System for K-12 Education
This bill creates a statewide accountability system for K-12 education, aligning state and federal accountability requirements. The bill establishes key indicators, including a measure of school climate, that apply to both districts and schools and aligns with the state’s values.
AB 2663 – Increase rates for afterschool programs
This bill would increase the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program daily rate from $7.50 to $8.50 per student per day. It will also include for the first time, a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for the ASES program, which most other state-funded programs receive.
AB 2782 – Healthy CA Fund
The bill would impose a 2 cent per ounce fee on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages. Revenue generated from the fee would go directly to support services and programs in communities with high rates of obesity and diabetes.
SB 123 – School Medi-Cal programs
This bill makes significant changes to the School Medi-Cal Administrative Activities and LEA Billing Option programs to increase oversight and improve coordination between education and health care services departments.
SB 527 – Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund
SB 527 directs the use of prop 47 savings from the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund to break the school to prison pipeline by focusing these resources on research based practices that have a track record of reducing dropouts and truancy.
SB 882 – Decriminalizing youth without transportation fare
This bill would establish that youth cannot be charged with a penal code violation or misdemeanor for failing to pay a transit fare.
State and Local Ballot Measures Supported in 2016
Prop 55: Extension of Prop 30 income taxes
This measure would extend for 12 years the income tax increases approved under Prop 30, but does not extend the sales tax increase. This proposition will raise $8-11 billion per year. The revenue is critical to ensuring that health and education programs
Prop 56: Tobacco tax increase
This ballot measure increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increases on other tobacco products. This tax increase would raise $1.1 to $1.6 billion dollars each year. The measure allocates revenues primarily to increase funding for existing healthcare programs and services. Funds are also allocated for tobacco use prevention programs, tobacco‐related disease research, state and local tobacco law enforcement, and to train more physicians.
Prop 58: Bilingual education in schools
Repeals requirements, created by Prop 227 in 1998, that schools teach English learners predominantly in English. Overall, Prop 58 would allow public schools to more easily choose how to teach English learners, whether in English-only, bilingual, or other types of programs. The proposition also requires that schools engage parents and community members in developing English learning programs.
Prop 63: Large capacity ammunition magazine ban
Proposition 63 would prohibit the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines and would require most individuals to pass a background check and obtain authorization from the California Department of Justice to purchase ammunition. Also creates a new licensing process to sell ammunition. Gun violence is a public health issue and impacts many of the communities our SBHCs and schools serve.
Oakland Soda Tax
This city initiative creates a 1-cent per fluid ounce tax on the distributors of sugary drinks. The tax is estimated to generate $6-8 million per year and all tax revenue will go into the city’s general fund. The measure creates a Community Advisory Board to make recommendations to the City Council about funding programs that improve children’s health and will issue annual public reports detailing the impact of funded programs.