Proposed Bill Would Require Mental-Health Professionals in Kentucky School Districts

In the wake of the Marshall County High School shooting, Kentucky State Representative Will Coursey has filed legislation that would call on all public school districts to have mental-health professionals on staff by the start of the 2018-19 school year. They would be hired to support students and school staff and to guide violence-prevention efforts. House Bill 604 would also require each school district to employ at least one mental-health professional for every 1,500 students, as well as require the department of education make available a toolkit to assist school districts in developing a trauma-informed approach in their schools. The bill will be considered during the current legislative session.

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