Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council to receive information on staff training, Erin’s Law

The Kansas School Mental Health Advisory Council will meet Thursday and receive information on required school staff training in mental health and possible future proposals.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at KASB headquarters, 1420 SW Arrowhead Rd. in Topeka.

The 29-member council was established by the State Board of Education to advise on unmet needs in school mental health and coordinate with legislators and stakeholders in efforts to benefit students in social and emotional growth. State Board Vice Chair Kathy Busch serves as chair.

The council will receive briefings on how existing requirements related to mental health are carried out in schools and Erin’s Law. During the last legislative session, the House approved HB 2048 — a version of Erin’s Law — that would require the State Board of Education to implement standards that teachers receive annual training in identifying likely warning signs of child sexual abuse. The measure, however, was not considered by the Senate.

 

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