Legislative Updates

CSHA introduces legislation to support school health services

We are sponsoring legislation this year, AB 834 (O’Donnell). AB 834 would establish an Office of School-Based Health programs within the California Department of Education (CDE), to provide leadership and assistance to school districts offering health programs through the public schools. The Office would work closely with the Department of Health Care Services to assist school participation in federal reimbursement programs, like the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Program and School Medicaid Administrative Activities. We are excited to work closely with the author and school districts to strengthen school health services.


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Bills Supported in the 2017 Legislative Session:

AB 254: LEA Behavioral Health Integration Pilot Program

AB 254 would establish a grant program that would provide funds to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) for behavioral health services on school sites. This bill creates flexible grants that will fund direct service provision, build capacity, and create sustainable health programs.

AB 340: EPSDT trauma screening

AB 340 would require that screening services under the EPSDT program include screening for trauma. The bill requires DHCS to develop tools and protocols for screening children for trauma.

AB 391: Medi-Cal asthma preventive services

AB 391 will increase access for Medi-Cal beneficiaries to asthma education and home environmental asthma trigger assessments which have been shown to reduce health care utilization and costs, eliminate health disparities and improve health outcomes.

AB 470: Medi-Cal mental health performance dashboard

AB 470 reduces mental health disparities by establishing robust tracking and evaluation measures to ensure Medi-Cal beneficiaries have timely access to quality mental health services that meet their cultural and language needs.

AB 667: Other means of correction for pupil discipline

AB 667 requires that a pupil be informed of the “other means of correction” that were attempted prior to a suspension. This is to be discussed during the conference with the principal or the principal’s designee (which is already required).

AB 669: Safe schools for immigrant students

AB 669 provides critical protections and support for undocumented immigrant students in K-12 schools, including prohibiting the collection of information regarding the immigration status of pupils or their family members and refusing school site access to ICE agents for any purpose unless there is a valid judicial warrant or court order.

AB 882: School nursing task force

AB 882 a school nursing task force to identify funding streams for school nursing services, recommend standards for school nursing practices, and recommend ways to create a coordinated school health services model. 

AB 1318: Safe Place to Learn Act

AB 1318 requires certificated school employees serving grades 7-12 to receive training on tools and methods to address intergroup conflict and to promote positive intergroup relations. Additionally, this measure requires that a letter be distributed to all students, guardians and employees to reaffirm the values of inclusion and diversity of the local education agency (LEA) and requires all bullying incidents and the LEA’s responses to be reported to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and made publicly available.

AB 1469: Student transportation

AB 1469 ensures low-income students are able to attend school by guaranteeing free transportation to K-12 students who attend Title I schools. The bill creates a new Transportation and Access to Public School Fund in the state budget to reimburse school districts for the cost of providing the required transportation. 

SB 54: California Values Act

SB 54 prohibits local resources from being used for immigration enforcement purposes. Under SB 54, state and local law enforcement agencies, school police, and security departments cannot engage in immigration enforcement except in narrow circumstances. State or local law enforcement agencies will be prohibited from detaining any person for deportation without a judicial warrant. Additionally, the bill instructs public entities, including schools, to establish and make public policies that limit assistance with immigration enforcement to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law.

SB 138: School meals programs

SB 138 expands Medi-Cal direct certification for school meals statewide, and ensures that children in very-high poverty schools have optimal access to school meals. The bill would improve school districts’ ability to identify low-income students, reduce child hunger, and support student success with nutritious school meals.

SB 220: Medi-Cal Children’s Health Advisory Panel

SB 220 makes technical changes to update membership processes for the 15-member MCHAP. The bill sets specific term lengths for each member on the panel at three years with terms staggered; creates a broader qualification standard for the three parent positions, allowing the Director of the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) more flexibility in appointment while still encouraging membership with varied experience; and allows the panel to declare a vacancy in certain specified situations.

SB 223: Health care language assistance

SB 223 codifies in state law all of the additional consumer protections including language access that were included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill would require all health plans in California to comply with the ACA consumer protections regardless of changes in the ACA. 

SB 323: Specialty mental health and Drug Medi-Cal for FQHCs

SB 323 will help federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health centers (RHCs) expand behavioral health services by allowing them to enroll as a Drug Medi-Cal certified provider in certain situations and affirming the ability for FQHCs and RHCs to be reimbursed for specialty mental health services.

SB 379: Improving kindergarten oral health data

SB 379 improves the data collected by the kindergarten oral health assessment. Specifically, the bill adds “caries experience” to data reported by schools. This data is already collected during the assessment process but is not included in the current reporting requirements. The bill also permits passive consent for on-site oral health assessments.

SB 439: Minimum age for juvenile court prosecution

SB 439 prohibits prosecution of children under 12 years old in juvenile court for status and delinquency offenses. This protects them from the harms and adverse consequences of justice system involvement and encourages more effective alternatives to prosecution.

SB 456: FQHC services that follow the patient 

SB 456 will improve the health of California’s most vulnerable people by allowing health plans, counties and others to partner with federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) to provide services that promote continuity of care and wellness in ways not covered by the Prospective Payment System (PPS).

SB 607: Willful defiance

SB 607 would permanently eliminate suspensions and expulsions for “disruption/defiance” for all grade levels.

Bills Opposed in the 2017 Legislative Session 

AB 1402: Criminalizing sexually-exploited minors 

AB 1402 repeals protections passed during the 2016 legislative session which protected victims of child sex trafficking. This bill would re-criminalize child victims of sexual violence rather than protect their pathway to services.