(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D – Highland) is pleased to announce that his bill AB 1767 which will expand school district suicide prevention policies that are age appropriate to kindergarten and grades 1 to 6 will head to the Governor to be considered for law. This vote came at the onset of National Suicide Prevention Week.
“As responsible adults, we must be sensitive to the difficulties young people face and provide assistance as they navigate adolescence. I’m proud to author this bill to bring age appropriate suicide prevention education to the classroom and offer help before tragedy occurs,” said Assemblymember Ramos.
AB 1767 will require schools to adopt a policy on suicide prevention in kindergarten and grades 1 to 6. The policy will be developed by school and community stakeholders, school-employed mental health professionals, and suicide prevention experts. Because of the wide range of ages represented, this policy is required to be age appropriate for each grade level of students.
The 40th Assembly District has had an unfortunate occurrence of suicide among its young residents. At the beginning of the 2018 school year 4 students died by suicide in the first two weeks of the school.
The Governor will have until October 13 to sign or veto AB 1767. If he does not sign or veto by the deadline the bill automatically becomes law.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.
For Immediate Release
Monday, September 9, 2019
Contact: Brendan Wiles (909) 476-5023
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Assemblymember James Ramos proudly represents the 40th Assembly district which includes Highland, Loma Linda, Mentone, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, and San Bernardino.
Assemblymember James Ramos secured $16 million in state funding for the 40th Assembly District in the 2019-2020 State Budget. Click here to read more.