AB 46 (Carrillo)

Destigmatizing Mental Health Terms
Legislation

Removes dehumanizing language from California law that perpetuates stigma and discrimination against people with mental health disabilities. Specifically, this bill updates sections of California law to reflect people-first terminology used to promote the dignity of all Californians experiencing mental health challenges. By updating sections of California law with language that speaks to the person first and their mental health challenges second, AB 46 will promote greater understanding and acceptance of the possibility of successful treatment and recovery. This is a follow-up to AB 1847 (Chesbro), a 2014 bill sponsored by DRC that updated numerous code references to delete stigmatizing terms.

AB 46 (Carrillo)