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New School Year, New Look

CASP is also improving its website by updating services you have come to depend on. Resource, position and other notable information pieces are under the Publications page. And, It’s back! Frequently Asked Questions – complete with answers – can also be found under the About CASP page linked at the bottom of casponline.org. The questions and answers have been updated and vetted. We hope they will help you as you cruise through the next school year. Also, if you are a CASP member, you can always email us at memberservices@casponline.org with any school psychology-related question and we will do our best to get an answer to you in a timely manner.
 
More changes and updates are coming. Be sure to check your email to see what is up ahead!

 


CASP-Sponsored Bill on Governor’s Desk

AB 1651

CASP-sponsored Assembly Bill 1651 passed out of the Legislature on August 30 with unanimous votes on both the Assembly and Senate floors. The legislation, authored by Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside), is now on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk.

The “Licensed educational psychologists: supervision of associates and trainees” bill, if signed by the governor, will allow LEPs to supervise Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) associates (interns) while they offer educationally related mental health services. The Board of Behavioral Sciences formally endorsed the bill in May, while the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter, and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California also offered support, as did several LEPs.

Watch (AB 1651 discussion starts at 41:00 on the video) or listen to CASP’s LEP Specialist Chris Jones provide testimony in support of the bill at the Senate committee hearing.

AB 1651 did not receive a no vote or negative public comment. Gov. Newsom has until September 15 to sign or veto the bill.

Now is the time for CASP LEP members to urge Gov. Newsom to sign the bill! Below is a sample letter. Please feel free to personalize it. You can tell of the supervision situation in your schools, why you think this bill is important or find another way to tell why you support the bill.

You can send it the following ways:

mail letters via US mail to Gov. Gavin Newsom, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA, 95814
fax to 916-558-3160 or
e-mail leg.unit@gov.ca.gov

And here are some resources to use:

 


CASP Highlights Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Activities

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and CASP has two webinars and a resource paper about suicide prevention.

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention: Meeting the Mandates of AB 2246 reviews primary suicide prevention, immediate suicide intervention, and suicide postvention activities. These activities were all judged to be consistent with the intent of suicide prevention legislation Assembly Bill 2246, which went into effect for the 2017-2018 school year.

AB2246 & Developing Your Suicide Prevention Policy: What School Leaders Should Know is a free webinar that could help you as a school psychologist advise your school or school district on what to include in the district’s suicide prevention policy.

CASP also has a resource paper on suicide prevention that can be downloaded and distributed to district staff and parents. Former CASP and NASP president Dr. Stephen E. Brock, who is a professor and the school psychology program coordinator at California State University, Sacramento, wrote the paper on behalf of CASP.

“CASP asserts that California schools, supported by their school psychologists and other school-employed mental health professionals, should first engage in activities designed to prevent suicidal thinking,” Brock wrote. “However, recognizing that even the best of primary prevention efforts will not prevent all students from becoming suicidal, schools must also be prepared to engage in immediate suicide intervention, the goal of which is to promptly identify suicidal thinking and to prevent suicidal behavior.”

The California Department of Education also recognizes this month as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and has listings of suicide prevention activities for students and school staff.

“Youth suicide is a preventable public health problem, yet it occurs at high levels in California and across the nation,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. He added that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says suicide is now the second leading cause of death among youth 10-24 years old.

 


CASP Board of Directors Approves Climate Change Resolution

The CASP Board of Directors approved a resolution that “calls on Congress to take effective action on climate change to protect current and future students.”

This resolution approved in San Mateo on March 13 – where CASP kicked off its three-day Spring Institute 2019 the following day – places CASP near the forefront of the issue among education-focused nonprofits. The National School Boards Association is expected to consider a climate change resolution at the end of this month, following the lead of the National Black Council of School Board Members. More than 40 school boards in the western states have passed similar resolutions.

CASP entered the climate change arena after the Salmon Creek Climate Action Club, a group of sixth graders from Salmon Creek Charter School in Occidental in Sonoma County, referenced CASP and NASP on Twitter. The movement is sponsored by Schools for Climate Action.

View this resolution

 


Your Dyslexia Questions Answered

Even with guidelines from the state Department of Education and those adopted by school districts, school psychologists, teachers, administrators and parents still have questions regarding assessment for dyslexia. CASP has developed a fact sheet in a Q & A format designed to answer those questions. Still have questions? If you are a CASP member, email us at memberservices@casponline.org and we will strive to get it answered. Not a member? Click on Join CASP above and see the benefits you’ve been missing. Become a CASP member today!

 


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