New York State Education Law
MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION ARTICLE 17 SECTION 804
"Effective 7/1/2018, Education Law §804 was amended by Chapter 390 of the Laws of 2016 and Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2017 to clarify that required health education in schools must include instruction in mental health. The statutory amendments further provide that such P-12 instruction shall be designed to enhance student understanding, attitudes and behaviors that promote health, well-being and human dignity."
"§ 804. Health education regarding mental health, alcohol, drugs, tobacco abuse and the prevention and detection of certain cancers. 1. All schools shall ensure that their health education programs recognize the multiple dimensions of health by including mental health and the relation of physical and mental health so as to enhance student understanding, attitudes and behaviors that promote health, well-being and human dignity."
Read more at https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/EDN/804
Schools are a vital resource in the socio-emotional wellness and ethical development of our early learners and next generation. Such that it is necessary, and pleasing, that the emotional wellness of youth is not only a parental and educator's priority, but a mandatory priority across all schools in the state of New York. This is HUGE. But many schools and educators continue to lack access or resources to creating and implementing curricula that reflect new laws and progressive ideas.
In School Interventions for Students
Small group skills training (post-COVID response and affect de-escalation, bereavement skills training, stress management and problem solving, distress tolerance, assertive communication training, somatic mindfulness/ sensory regulation, affect recognition for anxiety and depression peer support).
Early Childhood intervention and counseling (ages 3 - 6)
Child/ Adolescent counseling (ages 7 -17)
After-School Interventions for Faculty
Faculty workshops (Spotting anxiety/ depression/ trauma/ dissociation in children; early warning signs of psychological distress; building parent-teacher mental health community resource access; educator (non-clinical) crisis intervention; (re-)building school culture climate; and developing mental health education for all grades.
Curricula Consultation for Grades Pre-K Through 12
Early Childhood Intervention training (ages 3 - 6)
Middle Childhood (ages 7-12)
Adolescents (ages 13-17)