Support builds for bill to change mental-health instruction in Illinois schools
A Democratic bill that would mandate changes to the way mental health is taught in Illinois has attracted nine co-sponsors and is poised for a third reading in the General Assembly.
According to the Illinois General Assembly’s website, House Bill 0205 would mandate that students be taught “multiple dimensions of health,” emphasizing how mental and physical health are related. The intended result would be “to enhance student understanding, attitudes and behaviors that promote health, well-being and human dignity.”
Chief co-sponsors include Democratic state Reps. Deb Conroy, Karina Villa, Terra Costa Howard and Jonathan Carroll. Other backers include Reps. Diane Pappas, Mark L. Walker, Nicholas K. Smith, Mary Edly-Allen, Will Guzzardi, Maurice A. West and Natalie A. Manley, also Democrats.
The bill has passed both the Rules and Mental Health committees, and would amend the statute 105 ILCS 110/3.