Portantino Bill Would Require Mental Health Education

State Sen. Anthony J. Portantino has introduced Senate Bill 224, which would require that all students in California receive age-appropriate mental health education.
The bill would ensure that pupils in grades 1-12 receive mental health education from a qualified instructor at least one time during elementary school, one time during middle school and one time during high school. As a result, students would receive instruction on mental health at least three separate times during their schooling.
Portantino’s bill requires that instruction and related materials would be appropriate for use with pupils of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Instruction would also have to be appropriate for pupils with disabilities and English learners. Educational topics would include but would not be limited to the overarching themes and core principals of mental health.

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