Superintendent Herrington to Testify in Support of Assembly Bills on Disasters, Mental Health
Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven D. Herrington will testify Wednesday afternoon, March 23, before the California state Assembly’s Education Committee in support of two bills:
- Assembly Bill 2814, introduced by Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa, would establish a competitive $1 million grant program to support efforts by school districts and county offices of education to plan responses to large-scale natural disasters.
- Assembly Bill 2072, introduced by Jesse Gabriel, D-Woodland Hills, would require county offices of education to create a plan so that local educational agencies can quickly deploy qualified mental health professionals and other school personnel to schools that have experienced a natural disaster or other traumatic event.
Dr. Herrington is supporting these two pieces of legislation on behalf of students in Sonoma County, who have experienced several large wildfires, severe flooding, a large-scale evacuation, and power shut-offs since the 2017 North Bay wildfires. The Sonoma County Office of Education established its Behavioral Health Department in response to local students’ compound traumas and has become a leader in helping California’s educational agencies prepare for large disasters.