HB19-1017 (Michaelson Jenet/Fields) Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Social and Emotional Health Act

Originally Posted: January 25, 2019
Last Updated: May 10, 2019


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.

Current Status

Signed by the governor at North Middle School

Previous Statuses

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.