UPDATE: House overwhelmingly passes Mental Health First Aid Bill
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – On Wednesday, the Arizona House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HB 2570, a bill that provides $250,000 to the Department of Health Services for Mental Health First Aid, a program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
Rep. Victoria Steele, D-Tucson (District 9), co-sponsored the bill.
“I’m a licensed professional counselor, and because of my training, I am certain this program makes a difference,” Steele said. “It will help people know how to better respond to individuals in crisis. The responses to this bill have been thoughtful and emotional. Many of us have had experiences with friends or loved ones who need assistance or are in crisis. The support the bill received in the House is an indication of how important this program is.”
The House passed the bill with a 54- 4 vote. It will now go to the Arizona Senate.