The California Assembly Committee on Education passed Assembly Bill 8 (Chu) – Mental Health Services in K-12 Schools, as amended, this morning. There were four 4 aye votes. The bill is now headed to the California Assembly Committee on Health.
The Bill, which is sponsored by Mental Health America of California (MHAC), requires every K-12 school campus in the state to have mental health professionals assigned there, at a ratio of one mental health professional for every 400 students.
According to an MHAC email, the recommendation that led to this bill came directly from the California Youth Empowerment Network youth board.
“This is a direct request from young people,” the email states. “They want mental health support at school. We must step up and honor their request.”