Bill Details - HB131 (2019)

HB 131 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

14Feb2019... 0249h

2019 SESSION

19-0046

06/04

 

HOUSE BILL 131

 

AN ACT establishing a commission on mental health education and behavioral health and wellness programs.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Cornell, Hills. 18; Rep. Heath, Hills. 14; Rep. Martin, Hills. 23; Rep. Berrien, Rock. 18; Rep. T. Le, Rock. 31; Rep. Van Houten, Hills. 45; Rep. Fenton, Ches. 8; Rep. T. Smith, Hills. 17

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to develop and promote mental health programs and behavioral health and wellness programs in kindergarten through grade 12.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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06/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT establishing a commission on mental health education and behavioral health and wellness programs.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Subdivision; Commission on Mental Health Education and Behavioral Health and Wellness Programs.  Amend RSA 193-E by inserting after section 5 the following new subdivision:

Commission on Mental Health Education Programs and

Behavioral Health and Wellness Programs

193-E:6  Commission Established.

I.  There is established a commission to develop and promote mental health curriculum and behavioral health and wellness education programs in kindergarten through grade 12.

II.  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(a)  Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(b)  One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(c)  Two teachers of health or related subjects, appointed by the governor.

(d)  One member of the New Hampshire School Boards Association, appointed by the association.

(e)  One member of the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, appointed by the association.

(f)  One member of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, appointed by the association.

(g)  One member of the New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators, appointed by the association.

(h)  One member of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, appointed by the association.

(i)  One member of the New Hampshire Psychological Association, appointed by the association.

(j)  One member of the institute on disability of the university of New Hampshire, appointed by the institute.

(k)  One member of the New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports, appointed by the center.

(l)  One representative of a New Hampshire mental health center, appointed by the governor.

(m)  One school resource officer, appointed by the governor.

(n)  One representative of the student assistance program of the department of health and human services, appointed by the commissioner.

(o)  One school nurse, appointed by the New Hampshire School Nurses' Association, appointed by the association.

(p)  One member of the Manchester health department, appointed by the director.

(q)  One New Hampshire pediatrician, appointed by the New Hampshire Medical Society.

(r)  One representative of the office of behavioral health, department of health and human services, appointed by the commissioner.

(s)  One representative of the bureau of wellness, department of education, appointed by the commissioner.

(t)  One member of NAMI New Hampshire, appointed by the alliance.

(u)  One member of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, appointed by the foundation.

(v)  One member of the New Hampshire School Counselor Association, appointed by the association.

III.  The commission shall:

(a)  Examine the K-12 mental health curriculum and social and emotional learning programs for all grade levels as a way to establish a culture of mental health in schools that adheres to safety protocols, is free of the stigmatization of mental health challenges, and reduces or prevents harm or violence.

(b)  Determine methods for providing help for students in kindergarten through grade 12 who are experiencing a mental health challenge.

(c)  Assess possible threats posed by individuals or groups exhibiting warning signs or pre-incident indicators.

(d)  Review the state's anti-bullying laws and recommend any needed updates to RSA 193-F.

(e)  Determine ways to expand community and not-for-profit mental health services.

(f)  Develop an age-appropriate school outreach program that educates staff and students on reducing the stigma of mental illness and what to do when someone is in crisis.

(g)  Increase and promote Mental Health First Aid to school staff, students, and families to provide the school community with the resources to effectively manage a mental health incident.

(h)  Develop a threat assessment task force at the community or district level that engages the local public health network, including an intervention and reporting protocol that evaluates students quickly and efficiently and provides a plan to help appropriately return students to school.

(i)  Increase and promote evidence-based best practice suicide prevention to ensure assessors use the latest standards, knowledge, and techniques.

(j)  Include instruction regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

(k)  Determine methodologies for implementing recommendations of the governor's school safety preparedness task force.

(l)  Examine and develop methodologies for implementing applicable recommendations of the 2018 10-year mental health plan of the department of health and human services, when completed.

IV.  The chairperson may assign members to subgroups to accomplish the duties of the commission.

V.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Fourteen members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

VI.  The commission shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library biannually on January 30 and June 30 of each year.  The reports shall evaluate the implementation of recommendations.

2  Repeal.  RSA 193-E:6, relative to the commission on mental health education programs, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.  

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect June 30, 2021.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Education HJ 2 P. 38
Jan. 16, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/16/2019 10:15 am LOB 207
Feb. 5, 2019 Executive Session: 02/05/2019 10:00 am LOB 207
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0249h (Vote 11-8; RC)
Feb. 14, 2019 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0249h (NT) for 02/14/2019 (Vote 11-8; RC) HC 11 P. 13
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0249h (NT) (Vote 11-8; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
Feb. 14, 2019 Amendment # 2019-0249h (NT): AA VV 02/14/2019 HJ 5 P. 25
Feb. 14, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0249h (NT): MA DV 220-146 02/14/2019 HJ 5 P. 25
March 7, 2019 Introduced 03/07/2019 and Referred to Education and Workforce Development; SJ 8
April 16, 2019 Hearing: 04/16/2019, Room 103, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 18
May 23, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1961s, 05/23/2019; SC 23

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 16, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 5, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 14, 2019 House Floor Vote
April 16, 2019 Senate Hearing
May 23, 2019 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB131 Revision: 4346 Date: Dec. 26, 2018, 3:33 p.m.
HB131 Revision: 5364 Date: Feb. 15, 2019, 12:13 p.m.