The School Mental Health Initiative committee (SMHI) has presented the following documents to the NC State Board of Education (SBOE) and are scheduled to go before the Board for a vote in April:
The documents show recommendations for the need to have mental health services accessible in all NC public schools and the SMHI committee is asking for your support by sending a note to the SBOE stating you support this initiative.
Here is a sample note you may use, which includes the SMHI mission statement. You can also add to it or write your own:
I am in support of the policy recommendations made by the SMHI in an effort to create a policy and/or legislative changes to ensure that public school students in North Carolina have equitable access to a full continuum of high-quality and well-coordinated mental health services.
Please send all notes in support of the School Mental Health Initiative by April 1, 2017 to Board member, Patricia Willoughby at Patricia.Willoughby@dpi.nc.
The full plan is available on the SBOE website.
The School Mental Health Initiative Committee