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Victory in California! AB89 is Now Law!

September 02, 2017

The Trevor Project commends California Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB89, a bill that requires suicide prevention training for psychologists when they get or renew their clinical license.

Introduced at the beginning of the year by Marc Levine (D - District 10) and Marc Berman (D - District 24), the bill was signed into law on September 1. The Trevor Project submitted testimony for the hearings and also sent a letter to Governor Brown urging his signature on the bill.

"This bill, effective January 1, 2020, would require an applicant for licensure as a psychologist to complete a minimum of 6 hours of coursework or applied experience under supervision in suicide risk assessment and intervention. The bill would also require, effective January 1, 2020, as a one-time requirement, a licensed psychologist to have completed this suicide risk assessment and intervention training requirement prior to the time of his or her first renewal. The bill would also require, effective January 1, 2020, a person applying for reactivation or for reinstatement to have completed this suicide risk assessment and intervention training requirement." (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB89)

Research shows that one supportive person reduces the risk of suicide by 30%. The Trevor Project calls on all state legislatures to pass similar legislation in order to help save more lives.

If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or alone, there is help: www.thetrevorproject.org/help

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.  The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as a peer-to-peer social network support for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25, TrevorSpace. Trevor also offers an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, a legislative advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and conducts research to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 866.488.7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri A. Lunn, Trevor Project Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Engagement