Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate Became Law
01/07/2020     01/27/2020  

Teacher licensure; completion of mental health first aid program.

Requires the Board of Education to amend its regulations related to teacher licensure to require that every person seeking initial licensure complete a Mental Health First Aid training or similar program and every person seeking renewal of a license complete an online module on mental health developed or approved by the Department of Education. The bill requires the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, to develop or approve one or more online modules on mental health by November 30, 2020.

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02/06/2020 Senate: Committee substitute printed 20107763D-S1 Open
01/07/2020 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104685D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20107763D
    SENATE BILL NO. 619
    AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
    (Proposed by the Senate Committee on Education and Health
    on February 6, 2020)
    (Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Deeds)
    A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 22.1-298.6, relating to certain school board employees; mental health awareness training required.

    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 22.1-298.6 as follows:

    22.1-298.6. Mental health awareness training.

    A. Each local school board shall adopt and implement policies that require each school board employee deemed to be in need of such training to complete mental health awareness training once every 10 years.

    B. The Department of Education shall make available to each school board employee identified in accordance with subsection A mental health awareness training and may contract with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, an institution of higher education, a community services board, a behavioral health authority, a nonprofit organization experienced in behavioral health and teen suicide prevention, or a certified trainer as defined in � 37.2-312.2 to provide such training.

    C. Any school board employee identified in accordance with subsection A who completes mental health awareness training provided by the local school division will have met the requirements of subsection A.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    R. Creigh Deeds D-Richmond Sponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/27/2020 Senate Senate: Assigned Education sub: Public Education
    01/07/2020 Senate Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104685D
    01/07/2020 Senate Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
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    Start Description.
    Requires the Board of Education to amend its regulations related to teacher licensure to require that every person seeking initial licensure complete a Mental Health First Aid training or similar program and every person seeking renewal of a license complete an online module on mental health developed or approved by the Department of Education. The bill requires the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, to deve
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    Department of Education
    Every person seeking initial licensure shall complete a Mental Health First Aid training or similar program and every person seeking renewal of a license shall complete an online module on mental health developed or approved by the Department of Education

    Men
    Every person seeking initial licensure shall complete a Mental Health First Aid training or similar program and every person seeking renewal of a license shall complete an online module on mental health developed or approved by the Department of Education

    Health
    ---------- Patron-- Deeds ---------- Referred to Committee on Education and Health ---------- Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia: 1

    Tea
    Teachers who hold a 10-year renewable license issued by the Board of Education may teach online courses for which they are properly endorsed


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