Millions of children in our nation live with mental health conditions. Most are not identified and do not receive mental health services and supports. This often has dire consequences including school drop-out and failure, involvement with law enforcement and suicide.
A national dialogue has begun about the critical need to better address the mental health and well-being of our nation’s children in the wake of recent tragedies. With adequate support, schools can play a key role in the early identification of mental health related concerns and helping to link students and their families with mental health services and supports.
The Mental Health in Schools Act (House bill 628 and Senate bill 195) is critically important legislation that provides federal funding to increase the availability of comprehensive school-based mental health services and supports and to build effective links between schools and the community mental health system.
This legislation will improve the early identification of mental illness by funding school and community-based mental health services and linking students with effective services and supports so they have the chance to thrive and reach their full potential. This legislation promises to give youth the future they deserve.
CONTACT YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TODAY!
Contact your Senators and House member to urge them to cosponsor the Mental Health in Schools Act to help ensure the early identification of emerging mental illness and to link students with effective services and supports.
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