West Virginia House votes to expand mental health care in schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia House has approved a bill to expand mental health services in schools.

Delegates passed the measure by a 99-0 vote Wednesday. Roane County Del. Martin Atkinson’s bill would require counties to hire at least one school psychologist for every 1,000 students between kindergarten and seventh grade. The bill now heads to the Senate.

The Republican’s legislation also calls for additional mental health services for pupils who have issues related to drug abuse in the state. County boards would have to make the hires by the 2021 school year.

There is no fiscal note on the bill.

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