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Gov. Brown Vetoes Mental Health Bill; Rejects Services Targeting College Students

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 2017, a bill which would have increased funding for mental health services for higher education student in California Sept. 24.

Introduced by Sacramento-area Assemblymember Kevin McCarty in February this year, AB 2017 would have created a trust to fund competitive grants for mental health services.

Although the bill was not signed, it was a step in the right direction, according to McCarty.

“It was disheartening to hear of the governor’s veto, given how hard students worked on this bill, but we’ve raised awareness of the need to increase mental health services on our campuses,” McCarty said in an email.

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