December 5, 2022
Senate HELP Subcommittee hearing: Caring for our kids; supporting mental health in transition from high school to college
On November 30, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Children and Families held a hearing entitled, "Caring for Our Kids: Supporting Mental Health in the Transition from High School to College." During the hearing, committee members from both parties raised concerns about the high suicide rate among adolescents and the need to increase mental health resources and treatment for high school and college students. Subcommittee Chair Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ranking Member Bill Cassidy (R-LA) discussed the importance of passing the Health Care Capacity for Pediatric Mental Health Act (S. 4472), which would create grant programs to support mental health and pediatric care integration, and the Respond, Innovate, Succeed and Empower (RISE) Act (S. 2550), which would streamline administrative processes for students with disabilities who transition from high school to college. The witnesses emphasized the importance of engaging youth in the conversation on mental health, educating all adults and students on mental health first aid, and improving overall understanding of severe mental illnesses.
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Senate HELP subcommittee hearing