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Bryan School Board Receives Update On Legislative Changes In Mental Health And Counseling Services

School districts around Texas are dealing with at least five new state laws just in the area of student mental health and counseling.

Click HERE to read and download the presentation given to the Bryan school board during their September 3, 2019 meeting.

A review of the new laws and regulations were part of the last Bryan school board meeting by counseling director Donna Willett.

Willett says Bryan ISD is ahead of the game complying with at least one new house bill. That’s because the state’s requirement for teaching character education in HB 1026 mirrors the district’s Essential Eights program.

According to background information presented to the board, SB 11 requires districts to train employees, parents, and students about how to deal with grief and trauma.

HB 18 requires districts to provide instruction for students and parents about topics that includes how to manage emotions and have reasonable decision making skills.

HB 111 and HB 403 requires public schools in Texas have to find time to teach about human trafficking…not only to students, but their parents, school board members, and administrators.

New state laws also require school districts to create mental health safety plans and a threat assessment team.

Trustee David Stasny asked administrators to find out how Austin ISD has found private funding to provide students with mental health professionals without leaving their campus.

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Click below for comments from Donna Willett during the September 3, 2019 Bryan school board meeting.

Listen to “Bryan school board receives update on new state laws regarding counseling and mental health” on Spreaker.

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Posted by on Sep 10 2019. Filed under Featured Stories, Local News for Newsletter, News.
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