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Conn. Bill Would Mandate Mental Health Assessments for Children

A national homeschooling organization is sounding the alarm against a bill proposed in the Connecticut legislature which would require both public school and homeschooled children to undergo a behavioral health assessment at various stages of child development.

Bill 374, proposed in the General Assembly by sponsors Senator Toni Harp and Representative Toni Walker, is likely in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, which took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults this past December. Some believe that the incident could have been better prevented should there have been sufficient mental health assistance for gunman Adam Lanza, and therefore, the women are seeking to ensure that today’s youth are screened throughout their adolescence for any concerning behavioral problems.

Harp, who serves as the chairman of the Connecticut mental health task force, recently told reporters that while she does not want children to be stigmatized over the matter, she feels that lawmakers need to see how to better care for the mental well-being of youth in order to prevent another tragedy.

(Hat tip to former Reasoner Lucy Stiegerwald)

Source: Christian News. Read full article. (link)

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  • Joao||

    Somebody thinks they know best. Thanks Big Brother...eh, Mom.

  • Tonio||

    That's spelled "Steigerwald" (ei not ie), as per her blog and Reason's own roster of current and former contributors.

    Lucy has a posse.