Bill Text: CA AB2112 | 2019-2020 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Suicide prevention.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-4)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-05-21 - Re-referred to Com. on APPR. [AB2112 Detail]

Download: California-2019-AB2112-Amended.html

Amended  IN  Assembly  May 20, 2020
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 16, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2112


Introduced by Assembly Member Ramos
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Arambula)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Aguiar-Curry, Bigelow, Burke, Carrillo, Flora, Eduardo Garcia, Quirk-Silva, and Wicks) Rodriguez, Waldron, Wicks, and Wood)
(Coauthors: Senators Beall and Chang)

February 06, 2020


An act to add Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 131300) to Part 1 of Division 112 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to suicide prevention.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2112, as amended, Ramos. Suicide prevention.
Existing law establishes the State Department of Public Health within the California Health and Human Services Agency.
This bill would establish the Office of Suicide Prevention within the State Department of Public Health, and make the office responsible for, among other things, providing strategic guidance to statewide and regional partners regarding best practices on suicide prevention and reporting to the Legislature on progress to reduce rates of suicide. The bill would authorize the office to apply for and use federal grants.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Suicide is a public health crisis that has warranted response from the state.
(b) Suicide risk is a lifespan issue, with a variety of groups at significant risk of death by suicide. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified groups with the greatest risk, including youth, older adults, veterans and LGBTQ people.
(c) Suicide risk is especially acute for young people. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24, from 10 to 24 years of age, inclusive.
(d) The state has sought to address the causes of suicide, including research and development of a statewide strategic plan on suicide prevention. The state has further sought to address the causes of suicide through specific suicide prevention policies and programs.
(e) The state has an obligation to focus resources on combating the crisis of suicide.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 131300) is added to Part 1 of Division 112 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
CHAPTER  3. The Office of Suicide Prevention

131300.
 (a) The Office of Suicide Prevention is hereby established within the State Department of Public Health. The office shall be responsible for all of the following:
(1) Providing strategic guidance to statewide and regional partners regarding best practices on suicide prevention.
(2) Conducting state level evaluation of regional and statewide suicide prevention policies and practices, including other states’ suicide prevention policies, and including specific metrics and domains as appropriate.
(3) Using data to identify opportunities to reduce suicide, including utilizing data elements documenting interrupted or aborted suicide attempts and crisis service interventions.
(4) Marshalling Marshaling the insights and energy of medical professionals, scientists, and other academic experts, and professionals with mental health experience or expertise, scientists, and other academic experts, as well as public health experts, public servants, and everyday Californians to address the crisis of suicide.
(5) Disseminating information to advance statewide progress, including coordinated, targeted, and culturally appropriate campaigns to reach populations with high rates of suicide.
(6) Reporting to the Legislature on progress to reduce rates of suicide.
(b) The office shall focus resources on groups with the highest risk, including youth, Native American youth, older adults, veterans, and LGBTQ people.

131305.
 The Office of Suicide Prevention may share and receive data from state entities with data relevant to the responsibilities and objectives of the office.

131310.
 The Office of Suicide Prevention may apply for and utilize federal grants.

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