|EMERGING LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES|
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|State||Bill Number||Summary||Sponsors||Source Link|
|Alaska||H.B. 265 / S.B. 175||An Act relating to telehealth; relating to the practice of medicine; relating to medical assistance coverage for services provided by telehealth; and providing for an effective date.||AK Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-AK-016)||http://www.akleg.gov/PDF/32/Bills/HB0265A.PDF|
|Arizona||S.B.1439||student discipline; schools||AZ Sen. Martin Quezada (D-AZ-029)||https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/77377|
|Arizona||S.B.1510||schools; bullying policy; definition||AZ Sen. Sean Bowie (D-AZ-018)||https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/77474|
|California||A.B.1940||Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health, in cooperation with the State Department of Education, to establish a Public School Health Center Support Program to assist school health centers, which are defined as centers or programs, located at or near local educational agencies, that provide age-appropriate health care services at the program site or through referrals, as specified.|
This bill would rename the program as the School-Based Health Center Support Program and would redefine a school-based health center to mean a student-focused health center or clinic that is located at or near a school or schools, is organized through school, community, and health provider relationships, and provides age-appropriate, clinical health care services
onsite by qualified health professionals. The bill would authorize a school-based health center to provide primary medical care, behavioral health services, or dental care services onsite or through mobile health or telehealth.
|Assemb. Rudy Salas (D-CA-032)||https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1940|
|California||A.B.1969||Would provide $10 million in funding to establish the Student Mental Health Peer to Peer Mental Health Pilot Program in schools. This program, administered by the California Department of Education, will provide grants to Local Education Agencies for a peer-to-peer mental health school pilots to address the student mental health crisis.The bill would require community-based organizations, as a condition of receiving grant funds, to ensure that at least 40% of the pupils enrolled in the local educational agency they are partnering with are either classified as English learners or are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The bill would require local educational agencies to share information about pupil populations with community-based organizations to help the organizations comply with this condition of receiving grant funds.||CA Assemb. Mike Gipson (D-CA-064)||https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1969|
|California||A.B.1378||Existing law requires a school of a school district or a county office education and a charter school to notify pupils and parents or guardians of pupils no less than twice during the school year on how to initiate access to available pupil mental health services on campus or in the community, as provided. This bill would require the State Department of Education, in collaboration with the State Department of Health Care Services, to establish a peer-to-peer mental health support model program to enable pupils in high school to act as peer supporters for fellow pupils on campus. The bill would require the model program to have specified elements. The bill would require each governing board of a school district, on or before July 1, 2022, to implement the model program on each schoolsite of the school district that contains a high school. By imposing new duties on school districts, the bill would create a state-mandated program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.||CA Assemb. Carlos Villapudua (D-CA-013)||https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1378|
|California||S.B.21||This bill would require the State Department of Education to apply to the DMV to sponsor a mental health awareness license plate program, and would require the DMV to issue the license plates if the State Department of Education meets certain requirements. The bill would also establish the Mental Health Awareness Fund in the State Treasury and would require the revenue generated from the license plates to be deposited in the fund for use, upon appropriation by the Legislature to the State Department of Education, for mental health services in public schools.||CA Sen. Steven "Steve" Glazer (D-CA-007); CA Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D-CA-014)||https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220SB21|
|California||S.B.525||Existing law establishes the State Department of Public Health in the California Health and Human Services Agency. Existing law sets forth its powers and duties pertaining to, among other things, protecting, preserving, and advancing public health, including disseminating information regarding diseases. This bill would require the department, in consultation with the State Department of Education, to establish a policy no later than 6 months after the effective date of the bill, to address the mental health effects of school closures on pupils in years when a state or local emergency declaration results in school closures. The bill would require local educational agencies to adopt the policy subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act for that purpose. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.||CA Sen. Shannon Grove (R-CA-016)||https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220SB525|
|Connecticut||S.B. 2||Act Expanding Preschool and Mental and Behavioral Services for Children, focuses more on child care as well as engagement and access to mental health resources for children.|
Through this legislation, lawmakers are proposing universal free pre-kindergarten starting at age 3 and to expand child care and preschool while ensuring staff in both programs get “paid competitively.” They also want to increase access to mentoring and after-school programs, provide additional support for children disengaged or disconnected from school and improve access to virtual mental health services.
|SEN. LOONEY, 11th Dist. |
SEN. DUFF, 25th Dist.
SEN. ANWAR, 3rd Dist.
SEN. CABRERA, 17th Dist.
SEN. CASSANO, 4th Dist.
SEN. COHEN, 12th Dist.
SEN. DAUGHERTY ABRAMS, 13th Dist.
SEN. FLEXER, 29th Dist.
SEN. FONFARA, 1st Dist.
SEN. HASKELL, 26th Dist.
SEN. KUSHNER, 24th Dist.
SEN. LESSER, 9th Dist.
SEN. LOPES, 6th Dist.
SEN. MCCRORY, 2nd Dist.
SEN. MILLER P., 27th Dist.
SEN. MOORE, 22nd Dist.
SEN. SLAP, 5th Dist.
SEN. WINFIELD, 10th Dist
District of Columbia
|B24-0449||Mental Health Education in Schools Act of 2021||DC CM Charles Allen (D-DC-006); DC CM Kenyan McDuffie (D-DC-005); DC CM Trayon White (D-DC-008)||http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B24-0449|
|Georgia||H.B.9||A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 3 of Article 16 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the health of students generally, so as to require the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and others, to develop guidelines for the use of telehealth services in public schools to provide mental health and behavioral health services to students at school or during any school related function; to define the term "telehealth"; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.||Rep. Sandra Scott (D-GA-076)||https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/58794|
|Georgia||H.B.735||A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 20-2-742 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to multi-tiered system of supports prior to suspension or expulsion for certain students, so as to include wraparound services in the multi-tiered system of supports to be provided prior to expelling or assigning a student in preschool through third grade to out-of-school suspension for more than five consecutive or cumulative days during a school year; to provide a definition of wraparound services; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.||Rep. Miriam Paris (D-GA-142)||https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/60345|
|Hawaii||H.B.2293||Establishes the prevent suicide Hawaii task force to develop annual recommendations to the legislature to reduce suicide by twenty-five per cent by 2025. Dissolves the task force on 1/1/2026.||HI Rep. Gregg Takayama (D-HI-034); HI Rep. Angus McKelvey (D-HI-010); HI Rep. Matthew LoPresti (?-HI-041); HI Rep. John Mizuno (D-HI-028); HI Rep. Lauren Matsumoto (R-HI-045); HI Rep. Mark Nakashima (D-HI-001); HI Rep. Dee Morikawa (D-HI-016); HI Rep. Takashi Ohno (D-HI-027); HI Rep. Scott Nishimoto (D-HI-021); HI Rep. Della Belatti (D-HI-024); HI Rep. Nadine Nakamura (D-HI-014); HI Rep. Cedric Gates (D-HI-044); HI Rep. Adrian Tam (D-HI-022); HI Rep. Troy Hashimoto (D-HI-008); HI Rep. David Tarnas (D-HI-007); HI Rep. Tina Wildberger (D-HI-011); HI Rep. Lisa Kitagawa (D-HI-048); HI Rep. Amy Perruso (D-HI-046); HI Rep. Patrick Branco (D-HI-050); HI Rep. Ernesto "Sonny" Ganaden (D-HI-030); HI Rep. Greggor Ilagan (D-HI-004); HI Rep. Jeanne Kapela (D-HI-005); HI Rep. Lisa Marten (D-HI-051)||https://capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives8-12.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2293&year=2022|
|Hawaii||S.B.2624||Requires the Department of Health to implement a telehealth pilot project and publish an evaluation report on the telehealth pilot project outcomes. Exempts the telehealth pilot project from the Hawaii Public Procurement Code for a period of 12 months. Clarifies that the period of performance of all procurements made during this temporary exemption shall not exceed the term of the telehealth pilot project. Requires the Department of Health to implement and administer a rural healthcare pilot project to provide physicians serving selected rural areas with an availability fee and reimbursements for certain expenses.||HI Sen. Karl Rhoads (D-HI-013); HI Sen. Joy San Buenaventura (D-HI-002); HI Sen. Lynn DeCoite (D-HI-007); HI Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran (D-HI-005); HI Sen. Gerald "Mike" Gabbard (D-HI-020); HI Sen. Stanley Chang (D-HI-009); HI Sen. Dru Kanuha (D-HI-003); HI Sen. Bennette Misalucha (D-HI-016)||https://capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives8-12.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2624&year=2022|
|Hawaii||S.B.2655||Reestablishes the Hawaii Medical Education Special Fund.||HI Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole (D-HI-024); HI Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran (D-HI-005); HI Sen. Stanley Chang (D-HI-009); HI Sen. Bennette Misalucha (D-HI-016)||https://capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives8-12.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2655&year=2022|
|Illinois||H.B.4208||Amends the School Code. Provides that a school district shall employ a ratio of no less than one school counselor to 150 students (rather than allowing a school district to employ a ratio of no less than one school counselor to 250 students). Requires school counselors to meet with their assigned students at least once each month.||Rep. Cyril Nichols (D-IL-032)||http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=4208&GAID=16&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=137169&SessionID=110&GA=102|
|Illinois||H.B.4203||Amends the School Code. Requires a school district to develop and implement a plan to provide additional instructional services, support, or special accommodations to students who suffer from trauma related to experiencing the death of a sibling, parent, guardian, or household member by suicide or homicide or suffer from trauma caused by domestic violence or abuse and whom the school has determined require additional instructional services, support, or special accommodations but do not qualify for an individualized education program or for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Sets forth what the plan may include. Provides that the plan shall remain in place until the student (i) is no longer enrolled in the district or (ii) has made such significant and sustained academic progress that the student no longer requires the plan. In provisions relating to children with disabilities, provides that beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, the notice that a school board provides concerning who qualifies for services under Section 504 shall include that a child may qualify for those services if the child is a student who is at least 3 years old or older and under 22 years and who (i) has experienced the death of a sibling, parent, guardian, or household member by suicide or homicide or (ii) suffers from trauma caused by domestic violence or abuse. Effective immediately.||IL Rep. Maurice West (D-IL-067)||http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=4203&GAID=16&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=137159&SessionID=110&GA=102|
|Illinois||H.B.4238||Creates the Rebuild Illinois Mental Health Workforce Act. Provides that the purpose of the Act is to preserve and expand access to Medicaid community mental health care in Illinois to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and avoid the criminalization of mental health conditions. Establishes add-on payments for the following community mental health services to be paid beginning with State Fiscal Year 2023 and continuing for each State fiscal year thereafter: individual therapy services; community support-individual services; case management services; and assertive community treatment services. Requires monthly directed payments to community mental health providers of community support team services or assertive community treatment services. Provides that such directed payments shall be based on the number of Medicaid users, as defined, who receive services from the provider in the base year. Provides that the add-on payments established under the Act shall apply to Medicaid services provided by a contracted managed care organization or entity and services paid for directly by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Provides that no base Medicaid rate or Medicaid rate add-on payment or any other payment for the provision of Medicaid community mental health services in place on July 1, 2021 shall be diminished or changed to make the reimbursement changes required under the Act. Requires the Department to apply for federal approval to implement the Act. Provides that implementation of the add-on payments is conditioned on the receipt of federal financial participation for such payments. Effective immediately.||Rep. Greg Harris - Tom Demmer - Elizabeth Hernandez - Deb Conroy - Kambium Buckner, Ryan Spain, Robyn Gabel, Mark L. Walker, Michelle Mussman, Anna Moeller, Margaret Croke, Kathleen Willis, Barbara Hernandez, Lakesia Collins, Kelly M. Cassidy, Lindsey LaPointe, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Anne Stava-Murray, Daniel Didech, Theresa Mah, Michael Halpin, Ann M. Williams, Natalie A. Manley, Justin Slaughter, Delia C. Ramirez, Terra Costa Howard, Suzanne Ness, Tim Butler, Charles Meier, Maurice A. West, II, Michael Kelly, Frances Ann Hurley, Katie Stuart, Sue Scherer, Denyse Wang Stoneback, Amy Elik, Bob Morgan, Patrick Windhorst, Aaron M. Ortiz, Norine K. Hammond, Jackie Haas, Amy Grant, Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar, Deanne M. Mazzochi, Jeff Keicher, Camille Y. Lilly, Joyce Mason, Kelly M. Burke, Dagmara Avelar, Janet Yang Rohr, Lawrence Walsh, Jr., Maura Hirschauer, Will Guzzardi, La Shawn K. Ford, Stephanie A. Kifowit, Dan Brady, Lamont J. Robinson, Jr., Jay Hoffman, Dave Vella, Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., Jim Durkin, Steven Reick, Thomas M. Bennett, William Davis, Sam Yingling, Emanuel Chris Welch, Bradley Stephens, Chris Bos, Daniel Swanson, Paul Jacobs, Michael J. Zalewski and Dave Severin||https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=110&GA=102&DocTypeId=HB&DocNum=4238&GAID=16&LegID=&SpecSess=&Session=|
|Illinois||H.B.4317||Creates the Commission on Mental Health Reform Act. Creates the Commission on Mental Health Reform. Establishes membership on the Commission and its duties. Provides that the Commission shall be chaired by the Secretary of Human Services or the Secretary's designee. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall provide necessary administrative and other support for the Commission. Provides that the Commission, with administrative support provided by the Department of Human Services, shall produce and submit policy recommendations, both administrative and legislative, to the General Assembly and the Governor in the form of an annual report. Provides that the annual report shall include summary information about mental health services in the State, including challenges, deficiency in services, and recommendations for increasing and improving mental health services and bringing about reform. Provides that the report must address all of the concerns and issues listed. Provides that the Commission shall submit the annual report in the month of March, and during this month its representatives shall testify before the Mental Health and Addiction Committee of the House of Representatives and the Health Committee of the Senate to present its findings, make recommendations, and answer questions. Provides that the first annual report shall be submitted within one year after the first meeting of the Commission. Provides that the Commission shall be dissolved 5 years after the effective date of the Act. Repeal the Act 6 years after its effective date.||IL Rep. Denyse Wang Stoneback (D-IL-016)||http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=4317&GAID=16&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=137460&SessionID=110&GA=102|
|Illinois||H.B.4351||Amends the Children's Mental Health Act of 2003. In a provision requiring the Illinois State Board of Education to develop and implement a plan to incorporate social and emotional development standards for the purpose of enhancing and measuring children's school readiness and ability to achieve academic success, provides that the plan shall be reviewed and revised periodically by the Board of Education at least once every 3 years. Requires the plan to include the teaching of grade-appropriate mental health topics, including, but not limited to, topics on: the types of mental illness, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, and other matters. In a provision requiring every Illinois school district to develop a policy for incorporating social and emotional development into the district's educational program, provides that the policy shall be reviewed and revised periodically by the school district to incorporate revised provisions of the Board of Education's social and emotional development standards.||IL Rep. Daniel Didech (D-IL-059)||http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=4351&GAID=16&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=137561&SessionID=110&GA=102|
|Illinois||H.B.4645||Creates the Equity and Representation in Health Care Act. Contains the findings of the General Assembly. Creates the Equity and Representation in Health Care Workforce Repayment Program and the Equity and Representation in Health Care Workforce Scholarship Program to be administered by the Department of Public Health. Provides that a health care professional, medical facility, or behavioral health provider may apply to the Department for loan repayment assistance under the Program. Provides that, in order to be eligible for loan repayment under the Act, the health care professional or behavioral health provider shall comply with specified requirements. Requires the Department to submit an annual report with specified requirements to the General Assembly and the Governor. Contains provisions regarding the adoption of rules by the Department. Contains other provisions.||IL Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-IL-114)||http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=4645&GAID=16&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=138675&SessionID=110&GA=102|
|Illinois||H.B.4742 / S.B.3914||Amends the School Code. Requires the school board of each school district to grant full-time employees of the district 5 mental health days each school year at full pay. Provides that the employee is not required to provide a medical note or other documentation to use the mental health day. Provides that used and uncompensated mental health days are not eligible for pensionable service credit under the Illinois Pension Code. Effective immediately.||IL Rep. Barbara Hernandez (D-IL-083); IL Rep. Lindsey LaPointe (D-IL-019); IL Rep. Edgar Gonzalez (D-IL-021); IL Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel (D-IL-049)||http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=4742&GAID=16&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=139187&SessionID=110&GA=102|
|Illinois||H.B.5264||Amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act. Provides that subject to appropriation, beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year, the Department of Human Services shall establish and administer the Mental Health Clinician Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Forgiveness Program for the purpose of recruiting and retaining high-performing individuals who are employed as mental health clinicians committed to providing direct care services to Medicaid patients for a contracted or subcontracted provider of the Department or another State agency. Provides that under the program, the Department shall provide financial assistance to individuals who (1) are students at a participating university and have declared an intent to seek and maintain employment for 5 years as mental health clinicians providing direct care services to Medicaid patients; or (2) are graduates of a participating university who work as mental health clinicians providing direct care to Medicaid patients and will commit to work for 5 years as mental health clinicians providing direct care to Medicaid patients. Provides that the Department shall award an undergraduate forgivable loan in an amount that is sufficient to cover the cost of tuition, university fees, and books each year for a maximum of 2 academic years to a student if certain criteria are met. Provides that the Department shall award financial assistance for repayment of a higher education student loan each year for a maximum of 2 years to a graduate of a participating university who works as a mental health clinician if certain criteria are met. Contains provisions concerning the application process; promotion of the program by participating universities; the repayment of financial assistance when a recipient fails to comply with employment requirements; reporting requirements; and other matters. Effective immediately.||IL Rep. Denyse Wang Stoneback (D-IL-016)||http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=5264&GAID=16&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=139774&SessionID=110&GA=102|
|Illinois||S.B.3761||Amends the Higher Education Student Assistance Act. Renames the School Social Work Shortage Loan Repayment Program to School and Municipal Social Work Shortage Loan Repayment Program. Expands the Program to require the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to, each year, receive and consider applications from eligible social workers working for an Illinois municipality who do not report directly to a police department (now the Program only accepts applications from social workers who are employed by a public elementary or secondary school in this State) to encourage a grant recipient to use the financial assistance for the repayment of educational loans.||IL Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-IL-027)||http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=3761&GAID=16&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=138797&SessionID=110&GA=102|
|Illinois||S.B.3912||Amends the Higher Education Student Assistance Act. Expands the Post-Master of Social Work School Social Work Professional Educator License scholarship to allow a recipient to work as a social worker for an Illinois municipality who does not report directly to a police department (instead of only recipients who work at a public or nonpublic not-for-profit preschool, elementary school, or secondary school located in this State) for at least 2 of the 5 years immediately following the recipient's graduation or termination of studies.||IL Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-IL-027)||http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=3912&GAID=16&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=139004&SessionID=110&GA=102|
|Illinois||S.B.3914||Amends the School Code. Requires the school board of each school district to grant full-time employees of the district 5 mental health days each school year at full pay. Provides that the employee is not required to provide a medical note or other documentation to use the mental health day. Provides that used and uncompensated mental health days are not eligible for pensionable service credit under the Illinois Pension Code. Effective immediately.||IL Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel (D-IL-049)||http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=3914&GAID=16&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=139007&SessionID=110&GA=102|
|Illinois||S.B.3947||Creates the Second Chance State Behavioral Health Workforce Development Act. Contains findings. Provides that each institution of higher education shall annually allow for the admission of at least one returning resident (a person who is a resident of and domiciled in Illinois, has graduated from high school or the equivalent, has been convicted of a felony by a specified court, was sentenced to incarceration pursuant to that conviction, and is no longer incarcerated) in an undergraduate or graduate academic program that will lead to the qualification of the returning resident as a behavioral health care professional. Provides that the returning resident shall not be required to pay any tuition, fee, or other charge for any class the returning resident takes if the State appropriates funds for reimbursement. Provides that the Illinois Student Assistance Commission shall contract with community-based organizations and legal service providers to provide specified services to returning residents. Provides that certain criminal convictions and dispositions are not cause for a licensing agency to deny an individual a license, permission, or authorization to be a behavioral health care professional. Provides that a licensing agency shall consider specified mitigating factors when considering an application for a license, permission, or other authorization to be a behavioral health care professional. Provides that, if a licensing agency refuses to issue a license, permission, or other authorization to perform a behavioral health care profession based upon a conviction, the licensing agency shall notify the individual of the denial with specified information included in the notice of denial. Provides that neither the Commission nor a community-based organization providing services under the Act shall enter into a contractual or other financial, service, or volunteer relationship with and shall not pay any money or provide any other form of consideration to specified persons or entities. Provides that institutions of higher education shall strictly comply with the Act and the Commission shall take actions necessary to obtain compliance and enforce the Act. Contains provisions concerning judicial proceedings, certifications, adoption of rules, notices, conflicts, severability, and other matters. Effective immediately.||IL Sen. Elgie Sims (D-IL-017)||http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=3947&GAID=16&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=139043&SessionID=110&GA=102|
|Kentucky||H.B.12||Create a new section of KRS Chapter 210 define sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts, mental health professional, and public funds; to prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts with a person under 18 years of age or a person who is 18 years or older who is an adult as defined in KRS 209.020 or a ward as defined in KRS 387.510; require violations to be subject to board discipline; prohibit public funds from being used for sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts; create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to require the Department for Public Health to develop, produce, and disseminate educational materials regarding sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts; permit the cabinet to contract for the educational materials; add the short title "Youth Mental Health Protection Act"; EMERGENCY.||KY Rep. Joni Jenkins (D-KY-044); KY Rep. Susan Westrom (D-KY-079); KY Rep. Kelly Flood (D-KY-075); KY Rep. Mary Marzian (D-KY-034); KY Rep. George Brown (D-KY-077); KY Rep. Ruth Palumbo (D-KY-076); KY Rep. McKenzie Cantrell (D-KY-038); KY Rep. Attica Scott (D-KY-041); KY Rep. Alan Gentry (D-KY-046); KY Rep. Patricia "Patti" Minter (D-KY-020); KY Rep. Josie Raymond (D-KY-031); KY Rep. Tina Bojanowski (D-KY-032); KY Rep. Lisa Willner (D-KY-035); KY Rep. Nima Kulkarni (D-KY-040); KY Rep. Charles "Buddy" Wheatley (D-KY-065); KY Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson (D-KY-088); KY Rep. Kimberly "Kim" Banta (R-KY-063); KY Rep. Rachel Roberts (D-KY-067); KY Rep. Killian Timoney (R-KY-045); KY Rep. Pamela Stevenson (D-KY-043)||https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/22rs/hb12.html|
|Kentucky||H.B.443||Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to allow parental depression screenings to be claimed as a service for the child as part of the early and periodic, diagnostic and Treatment benefit; amend KRS 205.6497 to require the Kentucky Children's Insurance Program to cover parental depression screenings; create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to require a health plan to cover parental depression screenings as part of a well-child or well-baby visit; amend KRS 164.2871 to require self-insured employer group health plans offered by a state postsecondary education institution to cover parental depression screenings; amend KRS 18A.225 to require the state employee health plan to cover parental depression screenings; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or the Department for Medicaid Services to request federal authorization for a waiver if necessary; certain sections EFFECTIVE January 1, 2023.||KY Rep. Lisa Willner (D-KY-035)||https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/22rs/hb443.html|
|Kentucky||H.B.55||Create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to define terms; require certain health insurance policies to provide coverage for an annual mental health wellness examination of at least 45 minutes provided by a mental health professional; require the coverage to be no less extensive than coverage for medical and surgical benefits; require the coverage to comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008; provide that coverage shall not be subject to cost-sharing requirements; amend KRS 164.2871 to require self-insured employer group health plans provided by the governing board of a state postsecondary education institution to comply with the mental health wellness examination coverage requirement; amend KRS 205.522 to require the Medicaid benefits to comply with the mental health wellness examination coverage requirement; amend KRS 205.6485 to require the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program to comply with the mental health examination coverage requirement; amend KRS 18A.225 to require the state employee health plan to comply with the mental health coverage requirement; require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to seek federal approval if they determine that such approval is necessary; EFFECTIVE, in part, January 1, 2023.||KY Rep. Joni Jenkins (D-KY-044); KY Rep. Susan Westrom (D-KY-079); KY Rep. Kelly Flood (D-KY-075); KY Rep. Ruth Palumbo (D-KY-076); KY Rep. Josie Raymond (D-KY-031); KY Rep. Charles "Buddy" Wheatley (D-KY-065); KY Rep. Bobby McCool (R-KY-097); KY Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson (D-KY-088); KY Rep. Rachel Roberts (D-KY-067); KY Rep. Pamela Stevenson (D-KY-043)||https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/22rs/hb55.html|
|Kentucky||S.B.102||Amend KRS 158.4416 to require local superintendents to report information on school-based mental health services providers in the district to the Kentucky Department of Education; require the department to compile and maintain the information and report annually to the Interim Joint Committee on Education.||KY Sen. George "Max" Wise (R-KY-016)||https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/22rs/sb102.html|
|Kentucky||S.B.137||Create a new section of KRS Chapter 210 define sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts, mental health professional, and public funds; to prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts with a person under 18 years of age or a person who is 18 years or older who is an adult as defined in KRS 209.020 or a ward as defined in KRS 387.510; require violations to be subject to board discipline; prohibit public funds from being used for sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts; create a new section of KRS Chapter 211 to require the Department for Public Health to develop, produce, and disseminate educational materials regarding sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts; permit the cabinet to contract for the educational materials; add the short title "Youth Mental Health Protection Act"; EMERGENCY.||KY Sen. Morgan McGarvey (D-KY-019); KY Sen. Reginald Thomas (D-KY-013); KY Sen. Alice Kerr (R-KY-012); KY Sen. Julie Adams (R-KY-036); KY Sen. Michael "MIke" Nemes (R-KY-038); KY Sen. Karen Berg (D-KY-026)||https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/22rs/sb137.html|
|Kentucky||S.B.84||Create new sections of KRS Chapter 311 to prohibit the provision of or referral for gender transition procedures to any child under the age of 18 years; define a violation as unprofessional conduct and acting recklessly for purposes of tort claims; permit an action on a violation to be taken by the parent or guardian of the child before the child attains the age of 18 years and by the child within 30 years of the child attaining the age of 18 years, with exceptions under which the time may be longer; require conditions for actions and damages; prohibit public funds to be used for the provision of or referral for gender transition procedures to a child under the age of 18 years; prohibit health care services provided under state, local, or county government to include gender transition procedures to a child under the age of 18 years; prohibit tax exemption for gender transition procedures; permit the Attorney General to bring action to enforce provisions; permit members of the General Assembly to intervene as a matter of right if these provisions are challenged; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to prohibit Medicaid coverage of gender transition procedures for a child under the age of 18 years; create a new section of KRS Chapter 304.17A to prohibit health benefit plan coverage for gender transition procedures for a child under the age of 18 years and any requirement for coverage of gender transition procedures; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2023.||KY Sen. Mike Wilson (R-KY-032); KY Sen. Robert "Robby" Mills (R-KY-004); KY Sen. Rick Girdler (R-KY-015); KY Sen. Adrienne Southworth (R-KY-007); KY Sen. Phillip Wheeler (R-KY-031)||https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/22rs/sb84.html|
|Maine||L.D. 1910 (H.P. 1416)||An Act To Improve Children'S Mental Health By Requiring Insurance Coverage For Certain Mental Health Treatment" (Emergency)||ME Rep. Denise Tepler (D-ME-054)||https://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280082388|
|Maryland||S.B.0852||Requiring each county board of education to create a health educator position to oversee the implementation of age-appropriate health education instruction and to gather detailed data regarding the operation and effectiveness of health education instruction in public schools in the county.||MD Sen. Jill Carter (D-MD-041)||http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0852?ys=2022rs|
|Maryland||H.B.0513||Establishing the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Program within the State Department of Education's Division of Early Childhood Development to promote positive mental and behavioral health practices for young children by providing certain referrals and services for children, families, teachers, and caregivers; requiring the Governor to include in the annual budget bill in Fiscal Year 2024 and each fiscal year thereafter, an appropriation of $6,000,000 for the operation of the Program.||MD Del. Eric Ebersole (D-MD-012)||http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0513?ys=2022rs|
|Maryland||H.B.0517||Establishing the Consumer Health Access Program for Mental Health and Addiction Care to assist State residents in accessing mental health and substance use disorder services under public and private health insurance and address insurance-related barriers to mental health and substance use disorder services; establishing certain requirements for the Program relating to consumer medical records and other information; requiring the Program to promote equity in access to mental health and substance use disorder services; etc.||MD Del. Robbyn Lewis (D-MD-046)||http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0517?ys=2022rs|
|Maryland||H.B.0659||Altering a certain provision relating to the storage of firearms and ammunition in a location that can be accessed by an unsupervised minor; and requiring the Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services to develop a youth suicide prevention and firearm safe storage guide, with recommendations from a stakeholder committee.||MD Del. Dana Stein (D-MD-011)||http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0659?ys=2022rs|
|Maryland||S.B.0282||Establishing the Workgroup on Screening Related to Adverse Childhood Experiences; requiring the Workgroup to take certain actions regarding screening related to adverse childhood experiences, including updating, improving, and developing screening tools for use by primary care providers, studying actions that primary care providers should take after screening a minor, and developing a Youth Risk Behavior Survey template; etc.||MD Sen. Malcolm Augustine (D-MD-047)||http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0282?ys=2022rs|
|Maryland||H.B.0625 / S.B.0440||Establishing the Therapeutic Child Care Program to provide specialized child care and early childhood education by educators, early intervention providers, mental health providers, and health care providers to children under the age of 6 years who have delays in development, physical disabilities, or delays in social, emotional, or behavioral functioning.||MD Sen. Pamela Beidle (D-MD-032)||http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0440?ys=2022rs|
|Maryland||S.B.0506||Establishing the Therapeutic Child Care Grant Program to provide grants to providers specializing in child care and early childhood education to children under the age of 6 years who have delays in development, physical disabilities, or delays in social, emotional, or behavioral functioning; requiring certain providers who received certain grants to report certain information to the State Department of Education; requiring the Department to compile certain information and report to certain committees of the General Assembly; etc.||MD Sen. Nancy King (D-MD-039)||http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0506?ys=2022rs|
|Massachusetts||H.1101||An Act Relative to Telehealth and Digital Equity for Patients||By Mr. Golden of Lowell, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1101) of Thomas A. Golden, Jr., and others relative to telehealth healthcare coverage and digital equity for patients. Financial Services.||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H1101|
|H.3782||An Act Providing Mental Health Sick Days To Public School Students||MA Rep. Tami Gouveia (D-MA-073)||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H3782|
|H.3953||An Act Promoting Resilience And Community Healing To Mitigate Adverse Childhood And Community Experiences||MA Rep. Tami Gouveia (D-MA-073); MA Rep. Liz Miranda (D-MA-128)||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H3953|
|H.4225||An Act Relative To Suicide Prevention In Schools||MA Rep. Ted Philips (D-MA-104)||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H4225|
|H.4288||An Act Establishing The Behavioral Health Trust Fund And The Behavioral Health Advisory Commission||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H4288|
|H.555||An Act Relative To School Counselors||MA Rep. Daniel "Dan" Cahill (D-MA-034)||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H555|
|H.572||An Act Expanding Reasons For Excused Absences From School To Include Mental Or Behavioral Health||MA Rep. Carol Doherty (D-MA-013)||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H572|
|H.616||An Act Relative To The Promotion Of Mental Health Education||MA Rep. Natalie Higgins (D-MA-146); MA Rep. Tami Gouveia (D-MA-073)||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H616|
|H.636||An Act Establishing A Commission To Study Mental Health Education Requirements In Public Schools||MA Rep. Bradley Jones (R-MA-079)||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H636|
|H.D.4670||An Act Relative To Education And Critically Low Staffing Levels In Schools||MA Rep. Alice Peisch (D-MA-110)||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/HD4670|
|S.106||An Act To Resolve Barriers To Timely Access To Behavioral Health Care For Children With Complex Needs||MA Sen. Cindy Friedman (D-MA-018)||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S106|
|S.2572||An Act Addressing Barriers To Care For Mental Health||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S2572|
|S.2584||An Act Addressing Barriers To Care For Mental Health||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S2584|
|S.322||An Act Relative To Substance Use Education In Public Schools||MA Sen. Diana DiZoglio (D-MA-008)||http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/192/S322|
|Education: discipline; school disciplinary proceedings; modify.||MI Rep. Felicia Brabec (D-MI-055)||http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2021-HB-5298|
Minnesota State Legislature
|H.F.3634||Student mental health screening required, student mental health support revenue created, and money appropriated.||MN Rep. Kelly Morrison (D-MN-033B)||https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF3634&ssn=0&y=2021|
|Minnesota State Legislature||H.F.3715 / S.F.3523||Health professional education loan forgiveness program modified, and money appropriated||MN Rep. Dan Wolgamott (D-MN-014B)||https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF3715&ssn=0&y=2021|
|Minnesota State Legislature||S.F.3380||Safe schools revenue program modification and appropriation||MN Sen. Roger Chamberlain (R-MN-038)||https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=Senate&f=SF3380&ssn=0&y=2021|
Minnesota State Legislature
|H.F.3378||This bill amends the school student bullying policy statute (Minn. Stat. §121A.031) by requiring districts and schools to provide annual certifications, prohibiting retaliation against school employees, and establishing civil penalties.||MN Rep. Kaela Berg (D-MN-056B)||https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF3378&ssn=0&y=2021|
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Minnesota State Legislature
|H.F.3418 / S.F.3406||Mental health additional professionals made eligible for loan forgiveness under the health professional education loan forgiveness program, mental health provider supervision grant program and mental health professional scholarship grant program established, qualifications modified for case managers, and money appropriated.||MN Rep. Samantha Vang (D-MN-040B)||https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF3418&ssn=0&y=2021|
Minnesota State Legislature
|H.F.3401||Education; prekindergarten through grade 12 including general education, education excellence, inclusive and welcoming schools, health and wellness, teachers, charter schools, nutrition and libraries, early childhood, career and technical education, postsecondary enrollment options, and graduation provisions modified; administrative updates and technical corrections made; and reports required.||MN Rep. Ruth Richardson (D-MN-052B)||https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF3401&ssn=0&y=2021|
Minnesota State Legislature
|H.F.2176 /S.F.2383||School-based health clinic funding provided, and money appropriated.||MN Rep. Steve Sandell (D-MN-053B)||https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF2176&ssn=0&y=2021|
Minnesota State Legislature
|H.F.3114||School-based health center activity grant established, and money appropriated.||MN Rep. Steve Sandell (D-MN-053B)||https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF3114&ssn=0&y=2021|
Minnesota State Legislature
|H.F.951 / S.F.1048||Dismissals of students in kindergarten through grade 3 prohibition||MN Sen. Patricia Torres Ray (D-MN-063)||https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=Senate&f=SF1048&ssn=0&y=2021|
|H.B. 1251||AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-3-89, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACHES IN EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAMS; TO DEFINE TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACHES; TO AMEND SECTION 37-9-79, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS SHALL HAVE AT LEAST ONE SCHOOL COUNSELOR OR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDER PER 250 STUDENTS; TO REQUIRE SCHOOL COUNSELORS TO CREATE A TRAUMA-INFORMED TEAM FOR EACH SCHOOL; TO REQUIRE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS TO REPORT THE NUMBER AND PLACEMENT OF SCHOOL COUNSELORS IN THE DISTRICT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; TO CREATE NEW SECTION 37-9-80, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, WHICH REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH, TO CREATE A TOOLKIT TO ASSIST SCHOOLS IN IMPLEMENTING TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACHES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.||MS Rep. Billy Calvert (R-MS-083)||http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2022/pdf/history/HB/HB1251.xml|
|H.B. 139||AN ACT TO REQUIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO INCLUDE INSTRUCTION IN MENTAL ILLNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH IN THE HEALTH EDUCATION COMPONENT OF THE COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM; TO DESCRIBE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE MENTAL HEALTH INSTRUCTION; TO REQUIRE IN-SERVICE TRAINING ON MENTAL ILLNESS FOR LICENSED SCHOOL EMPLOYEES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.||MS Rep. Orlando Paden (D-MS-026)||http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2022/pdf/history/HB/HB0139.xml|
|H.B. 212||AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 43-13-117, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT TELEHEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED BY FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS, RURAL HEALTH CLINICS AND COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE BILLABLE AT THE SAME FACE-TO-FACE ENCOUNTER RATE USED FOR ALL OTHER MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENTS TO THOSE CENTERS UNDER THE PROSPECTIVE PAYMENT SYSTEM; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.||Rep. Robert L. Johnson III (D-MS-094)||http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2022/pdf/history/HB/HB0212.xml|
|H.B. 283||AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-9-79, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE AN ALLOCATION OF FUNDS UNDER THE ADEQUATE EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR THE PURPOSE OF EMPLOYING ELEMENTARY PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELORS; TO REQUIRE THE FUNDS TO BE ALLOCATED TO THOSE SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVING THE HIGHEST DOCUMENTED NEED FOR COUNSELORS; TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL ALLOCATION OF FUNDS IN EACH SUBSEQUENT FISCAL YEAR UNTIL EACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAS EMPLOYED AT LEAST ONE PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELOR; TO AUTHORIZE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO EMPLOY A SUPERVISOR OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELORS; TO AMEND SECTION 37-151-7, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, IN CONFORMITY TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.||MS Rep. Omeria Scott (D-MS-080)||http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2022/pdf/history/HB/HB0283.xml|
|H.B. 310||AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-11-54, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP THE CURRICULUM AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEER MEDIATION TO BE USED BY LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS; TO PROVIDE THAT THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPED FOR USE SHALL BE AGE AND GRADE APPROPRIATE; TO REQUIRE PROGRAMS OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEER MEDIATION IN FAILING DISTRICTS TO BE SUPERVISED BY THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF OTHER DISTRICT PERSONNEL TO COMBAT VIOLENCE AND BULLYING; TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROGRAM OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION SHALL PROVIDE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS WITH ALTERNATIVES TO HANDLING STUDENT DISCIPLINARY MATTERS; TO AMEND SECTION 37-11-53, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO ALLOW ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT WHO HAS NEVER BEEN SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION WHO COMMITS AN ACT OR ENGAGES IN CONDUCT FOR WHICH THE STUDENT OTHERWISE WOULD BE SUSPENDED OR EXPELLED UNDER THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S DISCIPLINE PLAN, AT THE ELECTION OF THE STUDENT, TO PARTICIPATE IN A COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION; TO PROVIDE THAT WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM, THE STUDENT SHALL RECEIVE YOUTH PEER COUNSELING DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT; TO AMEND SECTIONS 37-3-82 AND 37-3-83, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, IN CONFORMITY TO THE PRECEDING PROVISIONS; TO BRING FORWARD SECTION 37-7-321, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, FOR THE PURPOSE OF POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.||MS Rep. Omeria Scott (D-MS-080)||http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2022/pdf/history/HB/HB0310.xml|
|H.B. 573||AN ACT TO CREATE THE MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN'S ASSESSMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION OPPORTUNITY (CAMHEO) ACT OF 2022, FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS AND SCREENINGS TO PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 12; TO PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS; TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH TO DEVELOP THE FRAMEWORK AND GUIDELINES FOR USE BY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE, COORDINATED MENTAL HEALTH PREVENTION, SCREENINGS AND ASSESSMENTS, EARLY INTERVENTION AND TREATMENT SERVICES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS; TO PRESCRIBE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FRAMEWORK AND GUIDELINES; TO CREATE THE CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP, WHICH SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING THE ASSESSMENTS AND SCREENERS TO BE USED BY CERTIFIED SCHOOL EMPLOYEES TO DETECT ANY MENTAL HEALTH DEFICIENCIES IN STUDENTS; TO PRESCRIBE THE COMPOSITION OF THE PARTNERSHIP; TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR, TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A POLICY REQUIRING ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS AND ASSESSMENTS TO STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 12, WHO EXHIBIT SIGNS OF MENTAL DISTRESS AND INCAPACITY; TO PRESCRIBE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF THE POLICY CONTENT; TO REQUIRE EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DEVELOP A POLICY FOR INCORPORATING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT INTO THE DISTRICT'S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.||MS Rep. Tracey Rosebud (D-MS-030)||http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2022/pdf/history/HB/HB0573.xml|
|H.B. 79||AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS TO EMPLOY LICENSED SOCIAL WORKERS AND LICENSED PSYCHOLOGISTS TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO STUDENTS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS; TO PROVIDE THAT A SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT EMPLOYS AT LEAST ONE SOCIAL WORKER OR PSYCHOLOGIST FOR EVERY ONE THOUSAND STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE SCHOOLS OF THE DISTRICT IS ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR FIFTY PERCENT OF THE COST OF THE SALARY OF EACH SOCIAL WORKER OR PSYCHOLOGIST FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.||MS Rep. Bryant Clark (D-MS-047)||http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2022/pdf/history/HB/HB0079.xml|
|H.B. 792||AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM AND IMPLEMENT COURSES IN LIFE SKILLS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 10 THROUGH 12; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.||MS Rep. Daryl Porter (D-MS-098)||http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2022/pdf/history/HB/HB0792.xml|
|H.B. 832||AN ACT TO CREATE THE MENTAL AWARENESS PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS; TO AMEND SECTION 37-3-89, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE MENTAL AWARENESS AND TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACHES IN EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAMS; TO DEFINE TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACHES; TO AMEND SECTION 37-9-79, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS SHALL HAVE AT LEAST ONE SCHOOL COUNSELOR OR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDER PER 250 STUDENTS; TO AUTHORIZE UNDERFUNDED AND UNDERSTAFFED SCHOOL TO EMPLOY ONE SCHOOL COUNSELOR TO SERVICE ALL THE SCHOOLS IN THE EMPLOYING SCHOOL DISTRICT; TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF TIME AND DUTIES WITHIN SUCH DISTRICTS; TO REQUIRE SCHOOL COUNSELORS OR SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDERS TO CREATE A TRAUMA-INFORMED TEAM FOR EACH SCHOOL; TO REQUIRE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS TO REPORT THE NUMBER AND PLACEMENT OF SCHOOL COUNSELORS IN THE DISTRICT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; TO AUTHORIZE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SOCIAL WORK CONSORTIUM AND CERTAIN STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING TO PLACE MASTER'S LEVEL GRADUATE STUDENTS INTO SCHOOLS AS SCHOOL COUNSELORS UNDER A SUPERVISED INTERNSHIP PROGRAM; TO CREATE NEW SECTION 37-9-80, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, WHICH REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH, TO CREATE A TOOLKIT TO ASSIST SCHOOLS IN IMPLEMENTING TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACHES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.||MS Rep. Angela Cockerham (I-MS-096)||http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2022/pdf/history/HB/HB0832.xml|
|S.B. 2345||AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 43-13-117, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT FOR TELEHEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED BY FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, THE DISTANT OR HUB SITE PROVIDER SHALL BE REIMBURSED THE APPLICABLE MEDICAID FEE FOR TELEHEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED; TO PROVIDE THAT TELEHEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED BY FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS SHALL BE CONSIDERED TO BE BILLABLE AT THE SAME FACE-TO-FACE ENCOUNTER RATE USED FOR ALL OTHER MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENTS TO THOSE CENTERS UNDER THE PROSPECTIVE PAYMENT SYSTEM; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.||MS Sen. Robert Jackson (D-MS-011)||http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2022/pdf/history/SB/SB2345.xml|
|S.B. 2442||AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-3-89, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE MENTAL-WELLNESS APPROACHES IN EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAMS; TO DEFINE MENTAL-WELLNESS APPROACHES; TO AMEND SECTION 37-9-79, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS SHALL HAVE AT LEAST ONE SCHOOL COUNSELOR OR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDER PER 250 STUDENTS; TO REQUIRE SCHOOL COUNSELORS OR SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDERS TO CREATE A MENTAL-WELLNESS TEAM FOR EACH SCHOOL; TO REQUIRE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS TO REPORT THE NUMBER AND PLACEMENT OF SCHOOL COUNSELORS IN THE DISTRICT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; TO CREATE NEW SECTION 37-9-80, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, WHICH REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH, TO CREATE A TOOLKIT TO ASSIST SCHOOLS IN IMPLEMENTING MENTAL-WELLNESS APPROACHES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.||MS Sen. Nicole Boyd (R-MS-009)||http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2022/pdf/history/SB/SB2442.xml|
Missouri General Assembly
|H.B. 2136||HB 2136 -- SUICIDE PREVENTION SPONSOR: Kelley (127) This bill names Section 170.047, RSMo the "Jason Flatt/Avery Reine Cantor Act". Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, each school district may offer at least two hours of suicide prevention training for all practicing teachers. All teachers, principals, and licensed educators may attend such a training or complete training on suicide prevention through self-review of suicide prevention materials. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education may develop materials to be used for such training or may offer districts materials developed by a third party. This bill also requires public schools, charter schools, and public institutions of higher education that issue pupil identification cards to have printed on the card specific phone numbers including those for the National Suicide Prevention and the Crisis Text Line. This bill is similar to HB 304 (2021).||MO Rep. Ann Kelley (R-MO-127)||http://www.house.mo.gov/BillContent.aspx?bill=HB2136&year=2022&code=R%20|
Missouri General Assembly
|S.B. 769||Current Bill Summary SB 769 - Under this act, the Commissioner of Education may approve and authorize up to four pilot recovery high schools to be established and operated by individual public school districts or groups of such districts. Recovery high schools shall serve as an alternative public high school setting and recovery program for students in recovery from substance use disorder or substance dependency, or such a condition along with co-occurring disorders as described in the act, who would academically and clinically benefit from placement in the recovery high school and who are committed to working on their recovery. Districts seeking to operate a recovery high school shall submit proposals to the Commissioner by December 1st in the year prior to the first school year in which the school would begin operation. The proposal shall detail how the school will comply with the existing requirements for public high schools as well as how the school will be accredited by a recovery school accreditation organization as described in the act. The proposal may contain requests for waivers of existing regulations, which shall be deemed granted if the proposal is approved by the State Board of Education with the recommendation of the Commissioner. The Commissioner of Education may specify an authorization period for the recovery high school which shall be no less than four years. By June 30th annually, the school district or group of school districts, in consultation with the recovery high school, shall submit to the Commissioner an analysis of school outcomes, as described in the act. The Commissioner shall review the analysis, renew recovery high schools meeting the requirements of the act and the requirements of the school's proposal, and may include new terms and conditions to address areas needing correction or improvement. The Commissioner may revoke or suspend the authorization of a recovery high school not meeting such requirements. School districts may enroll their students in a recovery high school by entering an agreement with district or districts operating the school. Parents of eligible students and eligible students over the age of 18 may seek to enroll in the school. A recovery high shall not limit or deny admission to an eligible student based on race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, income level, proficiency in the English language, or athletic ability. Recovery high schools shall adopt a policy establishing a tuition rate by February first of the preceding school year; that the sending district shall pay the tuition rate or an amount of per-student state and local funding as described in the act, whichever is lower; and that the sending district will remain responsible for special education and disability expenses in excess of the tuition paid. The Commissioner may enter into an agreement with the appropriate official or agency of another state to develop a reciprocity agreement for otherwise eligible, non-resident students seeking to attend a recovery high school in Missouri. A recovery high school may enroll otherwise eligible students residing in a state other than Missouri, pursuant to such reciprocity agreement. Such reciprocity agreement shall require the out-of-state student's district of residence to pay to the recovery high school an annual amount equal to 105% of the recovery high school's tuition rate. Eligible students from states with which the Commissioner does not have a reciprocity agreement may attend a recovery high school provided such student pays 105% of the recovery high school's tuition rate. No student enrolled pursuant to a reciprocity agreement shall be considered a resident pupil for purposes of calculating state aid. This act is identical to SCS/SB 259 (2021). KITTY ENGLER Amendments||MO Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin (R-MO-018)||http://www.senate.mo.gov/22info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=71259856|
|L.B.1106||Change provisions of the Mental Health Practice Act||NE Sen. Jen Day (NE-049)||http://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=46881|
New Hampshire General Court
|S.B.234||This bill requires student identification cards for public schools and institutions of higher education include the telephone number for the suicide prevention lifeline.||NH Sen. Ruth Ward (R-NH-008)||http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/bill_status.aspx?lsr=2905&sy=2022&txtsessionyear=2022&q=1|
|New Jersey Legislature||S.2259||Establishes "Purple Ribbon Schools Program" in DOE to recognize public and nonpublic schools with positive school climate.|
Sen. Teresa "Teresa" Ruiz (D-NJ-029)
|New Jersey Legislature||A.3526||Requires NJ Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council to prepare report regarding suicide prevention instruction in public schools.||NJ Assemb. Pamela Lampitt (D-NJ-006)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A3526|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.1127||"Madison Holleran Proper Reporting Act"; requires institutions of higher education to post information on student suicides and attempted suicides on website.||NJ Assemb. Kevin Rooney (R-NJ-040); NJ Assemb. Christopher DePhillips (R-NJ-040)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A1127|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.1176||Requires institutions of higher education to implement suicide prevention programs and raise awareness of mental health services.||NJ Assemb. Mila Jasey (D-NJ-027); NJ Assemb. James Kennedy (D-NJ-022); NJ Assemb. William "Bill" Moen (D-NJ-005)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A1176|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.1336||Establishes Behavioral Mental Health Advisory Board in Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services in DHS.||NJ Assemb. Gary Schaer (D-NJ-036); NJ Assemb. Pamela Lampitt (D-NJ-006); NJ Assemb. Gabriela Mosquera (D-NJ-004)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A1336|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.1516||Establishes certain program requirements for school counselor certification; outlines role and duties of school counselor; requires professional development for school counselors; establishes position of School Counselor Liaison in DOE.||NJ Assemb. Angela McKnight (D-NJ-031); NJ Assemb. Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-NJ-015)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A1516|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.1682||Establishes one New Jersey Suicide Prevention Advisory Council in DOH.||NJ Assemb. Annette Quijano (D-NJ-020)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A1682|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.1710||Requires teaching staff members and school board members to annually receive training on trauma-informed education.||NJ Assemb. Eliana Pintor-Marin (D-NJ-029); NJ Assemb. Angela McKnight (D-NJ-031); NJ Assemb. Shanique Speight (D-NJ-029)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A1710|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.1841||Revises definition of "harassment, intimidation or bullying" under "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act."||NJ Assemb. Pamela Lampitt (D-NJ-006)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A1841|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.186||Amends definition of "harassment, intimidation, or bullying" in "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act."||NJ Assemb. Kevin Rooney (R-NJ-040)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A186|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.1894||Establishes "Responsible School Violence Prevention, Preparation, and Protection Pilot Program" in certain counties and cities of first class; makes an appropriation.||NJ Assemb. Christopher "Christopher" Tully (D-NJ-038); NJ Assemb. Yvonne Lopez (D-NJ-019); NJ Assemb. Lisa Swain (D-NJ-038)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A1894|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.1900||Requires anti-bullying specialist to annually submit self-assessment on school's effort to implement "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act" directly to DOE.||NJ Assemb. Christopher "Christopher" Tully (D-NJ-038); NJ Assemb. Lisa Swain (D-NJ-038)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A1900|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.1992||Establishes commission to study effects on adolescents of smart phone and social media usage in school.||NJ Assemb. Herbert "Herb" Conaway (D-NJ-007); NJ Assemb. Carol Murphy (D-NJ-007)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A1992|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.2008 / S.352||Requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for treatment of mental health conditions and substance use disorders through collaborative care.||NJ Assemb. Daniel Benson (D-NJ-014); NJ Assemb. Herbert "Herb" Conaway (D-NJ-007); NJ Assemb. Anthony Verrelli (D-NJ-015)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A2008|
New Jersey Legislature
|A.230||Establishes tuition reimbursement program for certain advanced practice nurses who provide mental health care services in underserved areas in New Jersey.||NJ Assemb. Mila Jasey (D-NJ-027); NJ Assemb. Nancy Munoz (R-NJ-021); NJ Assemb. Aura Dunn (R-NJ-025)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A230|
|New Jersey Legislature||A.2508||Requires State Board of Education to include instruction on mental health first aid training as part of professional development requirement for public school teachers.||NJ Assemb. Carol Murphy (D-NJ-007)||https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search/2022/A2508|