“It is my sincere hope that the school officials will reconsider implementing this subjective, unscientific screening program in our schools,” writes the father.
More than 36 states increased their
mental health-care budgets in 2013, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The Washington Post reported that in Colorado, where James Holmes opened fire on a crowded movie theater a little over a year ago, the mental-health budget rose by 13.5 percent.
And Connecticut isn’t the only state focused on catching mental-health issues among youth.
“Nebraska created a pilot program to set up mental-health screenings for some secondary school students. Texas instituted training for school staff to identify mental-health problems; Utah will offer a seminar on the issue for parents. And Minnesota passed bills to improve mental-health services linked to schools,” The Washington Post highlighted in a recent article.
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