Opportunities to Prevent and Address Student Trauma, Mental Health, and Substance Use

Testimony to Senate Finance Committee


The first signs of mental health and substance abuse concerns often emerge during adolescence. Addressing behavioral health in schools – including promotion, prevention, and intervention practices – is an essential strategy to combat the negative effects mental illness and substance abuse have on both student education and population health throughout the lifespan. Legislative leadership and support is needed to build and implement a statewide plan that supports the behavioral health and academic success of all students.

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