In addition to tracking and working on legislation, the California School-Based Health Alliance works closely with state and federal policymakers to advance legislation, administrative policies, and regulations that support school-based health services. Updates on policy changes that we are tracking and leading are included here.
CSHA Co-Sponsors AB 912: The SAFE Act
The California School-Based Health Alliance is a co-sponsor of Assembly Bill (AB) 912 – the Strategic Anti-Violence Funding Efforts (SAFE) Act – which was introduced by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-South Los Angeles.
AB 912 channels cost savings from prison closures into critical community supports, including $50 million annually in funding for school-based health centers (SBHCs).
It also includes $50 million annually to support a pilot program for Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) that would provide early trauma-informed interventions for school children experiencing extreme traumatic events in Alameda, Fresno, Merced, Tulane, Kern, and Los Angeles Counties.
The bill includes elements of AB 1940, our bill that was vetoed by the Governor last year and which aimed to update and modernize the existing school health grant program.