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NEW JERSEY: Assembly passes mental health education bill

June 12, 2019, NJBIZ (New Jersey): Bill to require mental health education in schools clears assembly panel https://njbiz.com/bill-require-mental-health-education-schools-clears-assembly-panel/ The Assembly Education Committee cleared legislation on Monday that would integrate mental health education into health and physical education classes for all K-12 students…. “It’s incredibly important that students understand the many dimensions of health, from exercise to mental health and wellness,” said Assemblyman Gary Schaer, D-36th District, a prime sponsor of the bill said in a statement. … Under the measure, the State Board of Education would review and update the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. In its review, the State board would consult with mental health experts including, but not limited to, representatives from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the Department of Human Services. In consultation with experts, the curriculum would be updated to incorporate mental health instruction for students K-12.