Legislative Updates

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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Bills Supported in the 2016 Legislative Session:

AB 1567 – Afterschool Access for Success Act – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

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 – HELD IN COMMITTEE

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 – HELD IN COMMITTEE

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 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

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 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

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 – HELD IN COMMITTEE

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 – VETOED BY GOVERNOR

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 – HELD IN COMMITTEE

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 – HELD IN COMMITTEE

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 – VETOED BY GOVERNOR

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 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

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 – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

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 52: Hospital fee program

Permanently extends an existing program that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage. This program supports hospitals  and children’s health care throughout the state.

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 57: Parole for non-violent offenders and changes to juvenile court proceedings

This initiative increases parole opportunities for non-violent offenders and gives more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior. It would also allow judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court. Juvenile court proceedings are much more rehabilitative than adult court, with a strong emphasis on treatment, and particularly this change to curb the ability to try juveniles as adults. CSHA is committed to finding alternatives to punishment for young people, with an emphasis on rehabilitative services.

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.

Measure HH: 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.