Priority legislation

One of 4CA's priority tactics for 2017 is to track legislation and advocacy opportunities that align with the Action Plan or otherwise protect the children's safety net in California. This page will be a running catalog of updates on active legislation, rapid-response requests and other advocacy opportunities. 

For the 2017-2018 legislative cycle, 4CA is tracking the following three legislation bills as it relates to provider education, routinely screening trauma and lastly, protecting public institutions as safe spaces. 

  • CA Continuing Medical Education (AB 1340, Maienschein), for the Medical Board to consider including a course for primary care providers on integrated mental and physical health care, expressly to identify and treat mental health issues in children and young adults.
    • Bill Approved by Governor on 10/12/17.
    • Organizations who endorsed this bill include the following: California School-Based Health Alliance, Californians for Safety and Justice, Center for Youth Wellness, The Chadwick Center for Children, Youth and Families at Rady Children's Hospital—San Diego, Children’s Defense Fund, Children Now, Common Sense Kids Action, Cope Family Center, Hanna Institute, Persyn Law & Policy, The Redford Center and Trauma Camp. 
  • CA Mental Health Services for Low-Income Children (AB 340, Arambula;), so children are assessed for trauma as part of their routine health screening through Medicaid.
    • Bill Approved by Governor 10/13/17.
    • Organizations who endorsed this bill include the following: California School-Based Health Alliance, Californians for Safety and Justice, Center for Youth Wellness, The Chadwick Center for Children, Youth and Families at Rady Children's Hospital—San Diego, Children’s Defense Fund, Children Now, Common Sense Kids Action, Cope Family Center, Hanna Institute, Persyn Law & Policy, The Redford Center and Trauma Camp. 
  • California Values Act (SB 54, De León), so that no state or local resources are diverted to fuel any attempt by the federal government to carry out mass deportations and so that public institutions are safe spaces for children, families and communities.
    • Bill Approved by Governor on 10/5/17.
    • Organizations who endorsed this bill include the following: California Food Policy Advocates, Californians for Safety and Justice, Children Now, Common Sense Kids Action, Cope Family Center, Hanna Institute and Persyn Law & Policy. 

This tactic leverages 4CA's network of members and amplifies their efforts, as well as the work of partner organizations and other stakeholders. To suggest posts for this page, contact 4cakids@centerforyouthwellness.org.

Note: Posting legislative updates and advocacy opportunities does not signify endorsement by 4CA, its members or affiliated organizations.