Let's Support Our Children: Urge Your Legislators to Cosponsor the Mental Health in Schools Act

 

As greater attention is being given to mental health in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy, a critical component is addressing the mental health of our children. Legislation introduced in Congress, the Mental Health in Schools Act (S. 195, H.R. 628) would expand the availability of comprehensive school-based mental health services for students in communities across the country.

The legislation, which was introduced in the Senate (S. 195) by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and in the House (H.R. 628) by Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), is strongly supported by Mental Health America and was one of our key recommendations made to the administration’s Newtown Task Force.

Research has demonstrated that prevention and early intervention strategies strengthen children’s and families’ mental health and resiliency, prevent or lessen the burden of illness, and help with the recovery from trauma. According to a 2009 Institute of Medicine report on mental health prevention and promotion, 50 percent of individuals with a mental health diagnosis first experience it by age 14, 75 percent by age of 24, but do not seek treatment, on average, until the age of 24. Given the early onset of emotional and behavioral disorders and their subsequent indirect and direct costs (estimated at $247 billion annually), investments in early intervention programs, especially those that better connect behavioral health and education systems, must be a priority.

This legislation will help our children learn and achieve. It builds on the highly-effective Safe Schools/Healthy Students program, authorizes competitive grants to local school districts to assist them in early interventions and referrals for treatment, promotes positive support and education for students and their families, and provides for culturally and linguistically appropriate staff training.

Contact Your Senators and Representative; Urge them to Cosponsor the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013 (S. 195, H.R. 628) by:

Click the Send button to deliver your letter to these decision makers:

  • Your Senators
  • Your Representative

     

* = Required Fields

*

*

*

*


*

*

*

*

*


Send This Message

*

Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you to cosponsor the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013 (S. 195, H.R. 628).

*

I strongly urge you to cosponsor this critical legislation

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

   Please leave this field empty