Congress greenlights guidelines for behavioral health intervention in schools

Congress approved legislation that requires national health organizations to help schools establish teams that can identify, address and support those experiencing mental health issues.

The Behavioral Intervention Guidelines Act requires the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to develop behavioral health intervention strategies for schools and guide them to develop teams of school officials who will work to help at-risk students, according to a Jan. 4 news release from the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment. 


"It's time for new thinking that will be proactive and not just reactive," Sen. Angus King said in the release. "The BIG Act establishes guidelines for local schools to identify students who need support and who may pose a danger to themselves or others. It also improves the connections between students and nearby mental health care providers so that when a mental health challenge arises, our children can swiftly receive the care they need."


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