News Release

Assembly Appropriations Committee Supports Faculty’s Call To Invest in Student Mental Health

SACRAMENTO — The California Faculty Association and SEIU California, co-sponsors of SB 968 (Pan), release this statement upon approval by the Assembly Appropriations Committee of the bill to improve student access to mental health services in the California State University system.

The statement may be attributed to Mimi Bommersbach, a mental health counselor at California State University Chico and chair of the CFA Counselor Faculty Committee.

“California State University faculty are encouraged to see legislators making student mental health a priority with their passage of SB 968 from the Assembly Appropriations Committee today.

“At the very time students’ anxiety is rising over debt and cost of living, students are facing longer wait times to see a counselor on the campuses.

“Unfortunately, the CSU administration has made it harder for students to access quality and consistent care. On all 23 CSU campuses, there are too few mental health counselors to keep up with student need.

“On most campuses, administrators are replacing full-time, experienced counselors with counselors on temporary or part-time appointments, which makes it even harder for students to get timely and consistent care.  

“Passage of this bill is a necessary step toward helping students who are worried, working, homeless and hungry to get the emotional support they need to complete their degrees and contribute to California’s economy.”