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Iowa: School employees now required to be trained to recognize mental health problems

April 2, 2018, Newton (IA) Daily News: Mental health reform signed into law (OpED) http://www.newtondailynews.com/2018/04/02/mental-health-reform-signed-into-law/a6389mh/ The governor signed into law two important bills last week that will greatly benefit Jasper County residents. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a mental health bill, House File 2456, and a teen suicide prevention bill, Senate File 2113, on Thursday. HF 2456 concerns provisions relating to mental health, including involuntary commitments and hospitalizations, the disclosure of mental health information to law enforcement professionals and mental health and disability services. It also sets up six mental health access centers around the state so Iowans have more and closer opportunities for mental health care. … SF 2113 requires school employee training and protocols relating to suicide prevention and the identification of adverse childhood experiences and strategies to mitigate toxic stress response. I received numerous emails from parents, school counselors and mental health experts from House District 29 and across the state urging this legislation get passed.