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OHIO: New law provides $14M in mental health services for schools

Aug 6, 2018, Lorain (OH) Morning Journal: Ohio bill funding training for school resource officers signed by Kasich Legislation that defines the role of a school resource officer and provides funding for training was signed into law by Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Aug. 3. … In addition to the SRO definition and funding for training, the bill also provides funding for the placement of mental health professionals in the schools and development of strategies to find alternative solutions to the expulsion of students in kindergarten through third grade. … The mental health professionals outlined in the bill are certified counselors or therapists trained to deal with the issues students face. Patterson said it is imperative that both school resource officers and mental health professionals work together to maintain a safe school environment. The Senate unanimously passed the bill on June 6 and the House approved it with a 71-20 vote on June 27. The bill provides $10 million to help schools fund training for SROs through a state-accredited training, $2 million to help place mental health professionals in schools, and $2 million to support an amendment added by Sen. Peggy Lehner, a Montgomery Republican, that would require schools to initiate a positive behavioral intervention and support programs to prevent the suspension and expulsion of students through third grade. …

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