HB 252, Youth behavioral health screening

What: HB 252, Youth behavioral health screening

Position: Support

When: The House will vote on this the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 13th – Please contact Representatives before then

Action: Reach out to your State House Representative and ask them to support on the floor.  Look up and get contact info for your representative here.

Talking Points:

  • HB 252 has bipartisan co-sponsors and would help make Montana a leader in taking proactive measures to prevent youth suicide and connect students and their families with mental health care and community resources. 
  • The bill expands the Screening Linked to Care program to be statewide and have sustainable funding. 
  • When the bill was heard in committee, a diverse group of stakeholders testified in support, including the Superintendent of Public Instruction, rural school superintendents, mental health professionals, parents, and young people from across Montana. 
  • Montana youth have a suicide rate more than 2x the rest of the country

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