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Congresswoman touts school mental health assistance bill

The U.S. House has passed an Act which includes a bill sponsored by 5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes.  The Mental Health Matters Act will bring trauma-informed services and mental health care to schools.  Hayes says the school-based support will address what she called the alarming mental health crisis plaguing the nation.  The comprehensive package aims to support the behavioral health of children and school staff, strengthen school-based behavioral health, and ensure access to mental health and substance use disorder for the school community.  The Supporting Trauma-Informed Education Practices Act, led by Hayes, bolsters trauma support services and school based mental health care.  The bill authorizes grant opportunities to improve the way schools address the complex needs of students coping with the devastating impact of COVID-19 and other adverse childhood experiences such as parental addiction, abuse, and witnessing violence.