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Governor Vetoes Mental Health Bill

SB 428 Veto Press Release Final


SACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed SB 428, after it was passed by both the California Assembly and the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. Advocates are disappointed that the Governor did not sign a bill that would have brought our schools much needed capacity to deal with mental health and substance use situations. If passed, the bill would have required ten percent of staff and ten percent of teachers in each California school to be trained in a program like Youth Mental Health First Aid. Last year, Governor Newsom ran on a campaign promise “to train our teachers, counselors, first responders and pediatricians in how to recognize early signs of mental illness.”

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