A 4433– Creates grant program to encourage school districts to partner with institutions of higher education in training school-based mental health services providers
A 4434– Establishes Student Wellness Grant Program in DOE
A 4436– Establishes “Student Mental Health Task Force” to study resources available to schools and parents to address student mental health needs
A 4437-Permits certain mental health professionals working in school districts to refer or help facilitate referral of students to private professional counselors
A 4433 (Greenwald, Mukherji, Lampitt), A 4434 (Greenwald, Mukherji, Lampitt), A 4436 (Greenwald, Murphy, Mosquera, Speight), A 4437 (Greenwald, Lampitt, Speight, Verrelli) NJEA strongly supports these bills as a comprehensive approach to address the mental health concerns of our students. The pandemic has been especially challenging and it is critically important that students have access to robust levels of support. This support is not possible without a strong pipeline of dedicated mental health professionals entering the field. These bills provide a multi-tiered and smart approach towards ensuring that such services are available to help our students with the greatest need.
NJEA urges you to support A 4433, A 4434, A 4436 & A 4437.