News Release

California State Legislature Supports Faculty’s Call to Invest in Student Mental Health

Sacramento, CA – The California State Legislature has passed SB 968 (Pan), a bill to improve substantially access to critically needed mental health services for students in the California State University system.

The bill is now on it’s way to Governor Brown’s desk to await his signature.

Meantime, CSU faculty have begun a drive to send emails and make phone calls to the governor urging him to sign SB 968 into law. The Governor has until the end of this month to decide.

Mimi Bommersbach is a mental health counselor at California State University Chico and chair of the California Faculty Association’s Counselor Faculty Committee, which initiated and worked hard to get SB 968 to this point. She said:

“California State University faculty applaud legislators for making student mental health a priority with their passage of SB 968.

“The 23-campus CSU system has far too few counselors to meet the needs of nearly half a million students. As a result, students face excessive wait times to see mental health counselors. Yet, many students need help to cope with the pressure of increasing economic hardships and fallout from misguided public policy as they work to complete their college degrees.

“We urge Governor Brown to sign SB 968 to prioritize the mental health of our future leaders. Access to timely and consistent mental health care is imperative for their bright futures as well as the economy and democratic future of California.”

Learn more about SB 968 in a Fact Sheet produced by the bill’s author, Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician who taught at UC Davis and is now a California state Senator.  Assemblymember Rob Bonta is a principal co-author of SB 968.