HB19-1017 (Michaelson Jenet/Fields) Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Social and Emotional Health Act
This bill would create a pilot program to place a behavioral health professional, such as a school social worker or counselor, in each grade, kindergarten through fifth grade, in each school participating in the pilot program. The school social workers may provide a range of important supports and services to students, including school-wide social-emotional supports and skill-building, assistance with accessing public benefits, and referrals to community-based services.
The Children’s Campaign supports this bill as a way to increase student access to the supports and services that behavioral health professionals provide, including school-wide services that support students’ social-emotional well-being and development.
Signed by the governor at North Middle School
January 25, 2019
Assigned to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Thurs., Feb. 7 at 1:30 pm in HCR 0107
February 22, 2019
Passed the House Education Committee on a vote of 7-5 and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee. Sarah Barnes, our Manager of Special Policy Initiatives, testified in support of the bill.