The Texas House of Representatives passed major legislation that, if finally enacted, will in a meaningful way address the needs of students with mental health conditions and provide resources for educators, including mental health awareness training. The legislation filed by State Representative Price was overwhelmingly supported by his colleagues as follows: House Bill 18 by a record vote of 129 to 14, House Bill 19 by a record vote of 127 to 19 and House Bill 1070 by a record vote of 139 to 8. The bills now head to the Senate for further consideration.
“All three of the bills work in tandem to provide impactful resources, support and other solutions to positively address the heightened mental health concerns in Texas public schools. Also, all three bills support Governor Greg Abbott’s efforts to provide additional resources for students with a mental health condition,” stated Representative Price. “I am grateful for Governor Abbott’s leadership in raising the profile of mental health matters by prioritizing it as a legislative emergency item during his 2019 State of the State Address,” commented Price, who participated in the Governor’s roundtable discussions on school safety and mental health last May. Following these discussions, Governor Abbott issued an action plan dated May 30, 2018. The plan, in part, reads, “Effectively identifying and treating children with mental health issues can help prevent the loss of critical developmental, academic, and emotional maturity.”
Representative Price has been working on mental health matters for years including his chairing the House Select Committee on Mental Health in 2016 and the House Committee on Public Health in 2017 and 2018.
“The Texas Legislature made tremendous strides last session to raise the awareness and decrease the stigma of mental health conditions. However, one area that needed much attention was the nexus between mental health and public education. It is gratifying that the Texas House took a giant proactive step towards providing resources for helping students who have mental health conditions. I am hopeful that the Senate will take the next significant step so that we can help the school children who are impacted by mental conditions,” stated Representative Price.