(NPR) — Last summer, Oregon passed a bill that allows students to take excused absences for mental health related issues. Advocates said it would reduce stigma and encourage students to seek necessary treatment.
Now, California is considering something similar.
Will California follow Oregon's lead and allow students to take excused mental health days?
In July of 2019, Oregon passed a bill that allows students to take excused absences for mental health related issues. Students advocated for the bill, saying it would reduce stigma about mental health issues, and encourage young people to seek the treatment they need.
Now, the California legislature is considering something similar. State Senator Anthony Portantino has introduced a bill that would change the education code to allow for mental health related excused absences. For him, mental health is a personal issue.