UPDATE: House Health Committee passes Steele’s
Youth Mental Health First Aid Bill
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today the House Health Committee unanimously passed the Youth Mental Health First Aid Bill, introduced by Rep. Victoria Steele, D-Tucson (District 9), that would provide an additional $250,000 to the Department of Health Services for a program that trains people to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness, eating disorders and substance abuse disorders in youth.
Steele, a licensed counselor and a mental health professional, said behavioral issues often start to develop during adolescence, which is why she is pushing for the expansion of the youth component of the Mental Health First Aid Program.
“This legislation will promote a program we know is already making a difference, and we can prepare more people who work with kids on a regular basis to recognize warning signs,” Steele said. “The goal is to show them how to identify when a young person is struggling and to teach them how to intervene and get the appropriate assistance.”
The bill now goes to the House Rules Committee for consideration.
To see a full copy of the bill, go to: http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=2490&Session_Id=112.