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Indiana: State senate passes school mental health bill; measure to prevent school violence

Feb 27, 2019, WFYI—TV, Indianapolis, ID: School Mental Health Bill Clears Senate https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/school-mental-health-bill-clears-senate A bill to provide mental health care for Indiana students narrowly passed the Senate this week. The legislation was written in response to school safety. Bill author, Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield), says the creation of an integrated mental health system is a key step in preventing school violence. "Every recent incident in Indiana that I’m aware of has not been a total surprise," says Crider. "Someone knew that student was having issues." … Crider says the state has a duty to help create a system that identifies children in need of mental health services. … The bill would require consent from parents before students participate in mental health assessment or treatment. School-based plans that include social-emotional learning, trauma-informed care and early intervention can strengthen mental wellness and improve academic success. The bill now goes to the House.