Bills Cosponsored in 2021
AB 563 (Berman): Office of School-Based Health – PASSED as part of AB 130
This bill would establish an Office of School-Based Health programs in the California Department of Education to provide leadership and assistance to school districts offering health programs through the public schools. Key provisions of this bill were included in AB 130, the education budget trailer bill.
SB 316 (Eggman): Same-Day Billing
This bill would allow federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health centers to receive Medi-Cal reimbursement for two visits that occur on the same day. Many school-based health centers are run by FQHCs and this bill would help sustain the clinical best practice of providing mental and physical health visits on the same day.
AB 32 (Aguiar-Curry): Telehealth
This bill would require Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to maintain the current telehealth flexibilities on an ongoing basis and requiring DHCS to start a stakeholder group to discuss telehealth policies.
AB 234 (Ramos): Office of Suicide Prevention
This bill would remove the limitation that, should the office be established, all duties and responsibilities of the office be carried out using existing staff and resources.
AB 285 (Holden): State School Nurse Consultant
This bill would require the State Department of Education to appoint a state school nurse consultant to be housed within the department. The bill would require the state school nurse consultant to work with school districts and school nurses to promote quality school nursing services and school health programs that address the broad health needs of pupils, among other responsibilities.
AB 1117 (Wicks): Healthy Start Program
This bill would establish the Healthy Start: Toxic Stress and Trauma Resiliency for Children Program, under which the Superintendent would be required to award grants to qualifying entities, defined to include schools, local educational agencies, and other entities that meet specified criteria, to pay the costs of planning and operating programs that provide support services to pupils and their families.
SB 14 (Portantino): School Employee Training
This bill would require LEAs serving students grades 7-12 to train staff on youth behavioral health and allow excused absences for behavioral health.
SB 224 (Portantino): Pupil Mental Health Education
This bill would require each school district, county office of education, state special school, and charter school to ensure that all pupils in grades 1 to 12, inclusive, receive medically accurate, age-appropriate mental health education from instructors trained in the appropriate courses at least once in elementary school, at least once in junior high school or middle school, as applicable, and at least once in high school.
SB 306 (Pan): STD Coverage and Care Act
This bill would ensure no-cost STD care for uninsured, low-income LGBTQ Californians through Family PACT, increase access to testing through home-test kits and rapid STD tests, update current expedited partner therapy (EPT) laws to increase utilization, and expand congenital syphilis testing requirements.
SB 508 (Stern): Mental health coverage for school-based services
This bill would authorize an LEA to have an appropriate mental health professional provide brief initial interventions at a school campus when necessary for all referred pupils, including pupils with a health care service plan, health insurance, or coverage through a Medi-Cal managed care plan.