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State senator wants to make mental health valid excuse for missing school

State senator wants to make mental health valid excuse for missing school

September 05, 2019 01:30 PM

Should mental health be an excused absence from school in New York? One state senator thinks so.

Democrat Brad Hoylman introduced legislation making mental or behavioral health issues a valid reason for an excused absence.

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In a statement, he said in part, "We need to recognize suicide and self-harm among young New Yorkers as the major public health crisis that it is, demolish the stigma around mental health care, and do everything within our power to help kids who are struggling seek treatment. An absence from school should never be a barrier to mental health treatment for a child in New York State."

A similar law was recently passed in Oregon, Utah, and Minnesota.

Illinois is also considering it.

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