Governor Signs Assemblymember Chu's Bill to Improve Access to Mental Health Services For Children
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(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2022 by Assemblymember Kansen Chu today. AB 2022 directs schools to notify both students and parents twice a year about how to access mental health services that are available either at school or in the community. Starting next year, all K-12 schools will provide this information to students and their families biannually.
“I have long believed that investing in our children is always the right thing to do and the earlier we invest, the better,” said Assemblymember Chu (D-Milpitas). “Research shows that over 300,000 young kids have mental health needs in California, but the majority never receive services. This bill came from our youth and they’re telling us that they need help but they do not know where to go. By providing our kids and families with information about available mental health services, we will destigmatize and connect more kids to critical resources. I am grateful to the Governor for his support. This is a great first step to closing the gap in access to mental health services. But there is more to be done, and I will keep working until every single child in California has access to mental health support.”
Assemblymember Chu partnered with Mental Health America of California (MHAC) and the California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN) to pass AB 2022 into law. CAYEN is a program at MHAC that includes youth ages 15 to 26 with the goal of bringing their voices to the policy table.
“All of us here at Mental Health America of California and the California Youth Empowerment Network send our sincere thanks to Assemblymember Kansen Chu for authoring this important bill and to Governor Brown for signing it into law,” said Zima Creason, President and CEO of MHAC. “In doing so, we have clearly communicated to young people that their voice matters and their self-identified needs matter. The bill that led to this law came directly from young people that identified mental health information and support at school as one of their top priorities to support student mental wellness. The law will raise awareness at the school site level about how to access help when needed. So many young people and parents don’t know where to turn when they need mental health support. Now they will have information to point them in the right direction. Not just once, but on an ongoing basis. This new law can save lives!”
Assemblymember Kansen Chu is proud to represent the 25th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Santa Clara and San Jose.