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Mental Health Teacher Training Bill Passes Michigan State Senate

Colin Jackson
Michigan Public Radio Network

A bipartisan billto help teachers recognize mental health needs in the classroom has cleared the state Senate. Colin Jackson has more.

The measure would set new training standards for educators so they can recognize when a student is dealing with a mental health issue. Democratic state Senator Sylvia Santana is the bill’s lead sponsor. She says the bill would support both the classroom and the school—as a whole.

“Teachers are with students six-to-eight hours a day. And so I think what will happen is that through this training, they will be able to identify not only if a student is having a rough day, but also maybe if a colleague’s having a rough day.”

The bill has support from the Michigan Education Association and passed the Senate by a unanimous vote. It now goes to the state House
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— Colin Jackson is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

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