What: HB 252, Youth behavioral health screening
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.
- 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