Canfield students' mental-health bill heads to Statehouse



Canfield High School students have drafted a bill proposal to put mental health at the forefront of safety conversations.

“Our intent with drafting this proposal stemmed from the massacre in Parkland, Fla,” explained student Vincent Patierno.

The bill highlights the need for Ohio schools to “establish, implement and improve mental health services,” according to the draft.

Objectives included in the draft are:

“Increasing metacognitive strategies/learning techniques within early stages of education to put into place the patterns of education that grant Ohio’s children [the ability] to begin understanding further their feelings and also why they are feeling their emotions,”

“Required mental health screenings in Ohio schools.”

“Increasing resources in Ohio schools ... adequate funding for at least one mental health professional per 1,000 students per Ohio school district.”

The bill has the backing of state Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, D-33rd, and state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th. They plan to introduce it in their respective chambers.

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