Governor Vetoes Bill Intended To Call Attention To Link Between Substance Abuse, Suicide In Teens
Gov. Jerry Brown says he sees the purpose behind the legislation, but that it's more a matter for local governments.
The Mercury News:
Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill About Drug Polices Impact On Suicide
Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill proposed by Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, which would have required schools to consider how zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policies keep students from seeking help when crafting suicide prevention policies. ...Since all school districts must adopt formal suicide prevention policies, Berman thought the new requirement would be a good way to highlight for school districts the connection between substance abuse and suicidal ideation. (Lee, 8/9)
In other news —
Coronado Mayor On Why It’s Time To Install Suicide Prevention Barriers On The Coronado Bridge
Since the Coronado Bridge opened in 1969, nearly 400 people have jumped to their deaths according to the Bridge Collaborative for Suicide Prevention, a non-profit group made up of residents whose goal is to end suicide from the bridge, that has been compiling data on the number of suicides. Caltrans is in the middle of a 10-month study to explore suicide prevention measures on the bridge, and it is holding a series of meetings in San Diego this week to gather public input. (Cabrera and Cavanaugh, 8/9)