At the center of our education work at Seneca is creating schools where students are safe and cared for so that they can learn and thrive. We will continue to work to be part of the solution and promote policies and practices that reduce the prevalence of firearms in our communities, address the extensive mental health impacts of the pandemic, and increase safety and wellness in and out of school. We have been pleased by the investments put forth by Governor Newsom and the attention being given to the mental health needs young people deserve including:
- $4.1 billion on a community schools strategy to connect students and families to essential services, including health screenings, meals, and more.
- $5 billion to support the implementation of California’ Medi-Cal reform effort, CalAIM
- $1.4 billion to build a more diverse healthcare workforce that expands CA’s capacity to meet the health needs of children and families
We have also been proud to work with our partners at the California Alliance of Child and Family Services to support legislation that promotes mental health access and support at school, including most recently the passage of AB 58 which requires LEAs to review and update their policy on pupil suicide prevention, encourages LEAs to provide suicide awareness and prevention training to teachers, and requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop and issue resources and guidance to LEAs on how to conduct suicide awareness and prevention training remotely.
Blog Post Written By: Robin Detterman, Chief Program Officer, Education Services