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New Bill Requires Students To Undergo Mental Health Screenings In North Carolina

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New Bill Requires Students To Undergo Mental Health Screenings In North Carolina

New Bill Requires Students To Undergo Mental Health Screenings In North Carolina

North Carolina is tackling mental health problems among children head on!

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According to WSOCTV, House Bill 75 requires all public students across the state to undergo mental health screenings, in the name of school safety.

The bill was put together so district’s could create a mental health crisis response plan made up of the SBI, local law enforcement, and school administrators to identify students who may come off as a threat to themselves or their peers. In addition to that, the bill, which was introduced by representative Torbett also requires a facility assessment once a year to make sure public schools are safe and secure in the event of a major threat occurs.

“It’s an effort to keep our boys and girls safe,” said Rep. John Torbett (R). “We’re trying to get to a point where we don’t have to worry about it anymore,” said added. 

Gov. Roy Cooper has signed HB75 into law, which provides $91 million immediately. The money will cover resources in schools like psychologists and psychiatrists.

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