Mandatory Mental Health Exam for Students up for Consideration

Breitbart | 12/18/2018 | Staff
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A bill that would require a mental health exam for every student in grades 6 through 12 each academic year is up for consideration in the Oregon state legislature.

Legislative Concept 2890 would require school districts and public charter schools to conduct “mental health wellness checks” annually on every student in grades 6 through 12, Truth in American Education observes.

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According to Mental Health America, Oregon is ranked as the state with the highest prevalence of mental illness. Additionally, the state earned a ranking of 16 out of 51 on Mental Health America’s “Access to Care” map.

Statesman Journal reports Oregon has a “lack of child psychiatrists and school counselors,” a situation that “leaves families waiting for months to get help.”

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The bill, however, does not specify who would conduct the mental health screenings, who would pay for the exams, and what the costs would be to conduct them.

The report continues:


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