APA Supports Senate Bill Increasing Mental Health Training
Fri March 22,
(Arlington, VA) — On Thursday, March 21, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation to promote mental health early identification training in schools. S. 648, the Helping Educators Support All Students Act, establishes a federal grant for local school jurisdictions to offer training to administrators, teachers, and all support staff who interact regularly with students. The bill would pave the way for evidence-based training initiatives, such as the American Psychiatric Foundation’s Typical or Troubled?, to reach more schools across the country. The demand for more mental health early identification training from educators has grown significantly in the wake of the Newtown, Aurora, and Tucson tragedies. The APA sent letters of support to Sens. Klobuchar and Collins Friday.