Legislative Efforts

SB 14 (Portantino) Adds absences for the benefit of a student’s mental or behavioral health to the list of excused absences, placing such absences on par with physical health excused absences; and requires local educational agencies to identify evidence-based training programs to assist their school employees in helping pupils with mental and behavioral health issues.

SB 224 (Portantino) Ensures that California students receive age-appropriate instruction on the core principles and overarching themes of mental health education.