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 world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.
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