Youth Behavioral Health Training ProgramsThese programs have been identified to meet the legislative requirements of Education Code 49428.15.
Education Code 49428.5 mandates that the California Department of Education identifies one or more evidence-based or evidence-informed youth behavioral health training programs that meets all of the following requirements for use by local educational agencies to train school staff or pupils:
- Provides instruction on recognizing the signs and symptoms of youth behavioral health disorders, including common psychiatric conditions and substance use disorders such as opioid and alcohol abuse.
- Provides instruction on how school staff can best provide referrals to youth behavioral health services or other support to individuals in the early stages of developing a youth behavioral health disorder.
- Provides instruction on how to maintain pupil privacy and confidentiality in a manner consistent with federal and state privacy laws.
- Provides instruction on the safe deescalation of crisis situations involving individuals with a youth behavioral health disorder.
- Is capable of assessing trainee knowledge before and after training is provided in order to measure training outcomes.
- Is administered by a nationally recognized training authority in youth behavioral health disorders or by a local educational agency.
- Includes in-person and virtual training with certified instructors who can recommend resources available in the community for individuals with a youth behavioral health disorder. For purposes of this paragraph, “certified instructors” means individuals who obtain or have obtained a certification to provide the selected youth behavioral health training.
Youth Mental Health First Aid