Senate bill seeks to offer mental health days from school for CT students

Adults need their mental health days from work - and now a bill is on its way to the Senate floor to offer Connecticut students the same.

News 12 Staff

Mar 16, 2021, 2:00 PM

Updated 1,165 days ago

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Adults need their mental health days from work - and now a bill is on its way to the Senate floor to offer Connecticut students the same.
Supporters say Senate Bill No. 2 offers mental health solutions to students at a time when they're needed more than ever.
The state's Committee on Children voted Monday to send the bill to the Senate.
The omnibus law would include provisions requiring school curriculum to include social-emotional learning and extend the time some minors could receive mental health treatment without notifying their parents.
Guardians would have to be notified after six sessions, unless the care provider thinks that would hurt treatment.
One provision that's gotten a lot of attention is that students would be allowed to take up to four mental health days in addition to their normal sick time.
Dr. Jennifer Dwyer, with the Pediatric Depression Clinic at the Yale Child Study Center, says in most cases, parents are involved in mental health treatment from the beginning.
School districts will also be required to incorporate social-emotional learning into curricula.
Dwyer says students aren't learning their best if they aren't keeping their mental house in order.
The bill would also establish a task force to study the comprehensive needs of children in the state.


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