Assemblymember Thurmond Introduces Bill to Increase Mental Health and Other Supportive Services in Schools

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Sacramento - Assemblymember Thurmond (D-Richmond) introduced legislation that will provide schools with resources for in-school physical, social, and emotional services for students. The bill will help all students to have an equal opportunity for success at school.

Students can face barriers to academic success, such as peer pressure, bullying, difficult to manage family situations, substance abuse, and mental health needs. Research indicates that counseling and pupil support services play a critical role in the academic preparation and social development of youth. These services help to systematically identify and address barriers to learning and help students re-engage with the learning process.  Further, the onsite provision of health services has been shown to increase student health and wellness as students with health concerns disproportionately have trouble accessing medical care.

“Students perform better when schools have adequate resources to respond to onsite health and mental health needs,” Thurmond said. “Providing our students on-site access to supportive services will lead to better attendance and outcomes for our students.”