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AZ House panel makes recommendations to improve teen mental health problem

Published: Friday, December 9, 2022 - 4:31pm
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 - 4:32pm
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Arizona House Republican Caucus
Joanne Osborne represents District 13 in the Arizona House.

A committee in the Arizona House has been working to help solve the state’s growing teen mental-health problem.

The committee adopted a final list of recommendations during a meeting on Thursday.

Joanne Osborne is the chair of the Teen Mental Health House Ad Hoc Committee. She said for months, her team heard from nonprofits, state agencies, students and others on what should be done.

“We as members of the committee are making a call to action to our state, our communities, our schools and our families," Osborne said.

They released three pages of ways to address issues like bullying, substance abuse and gaps in access to care. Those include providing schools with funding for mental health first aid training and increasing the number of certified school counselors.

Committee members say they look forward to working with lawmakers in the next session to implement some of those changes.

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