Unfunded mental health mandates weigh on Indiana schools

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – Some Indiana schools are worried that they don’t have the time or money to implement all of the mental health training required by state law.

Teachers must undergo regular training on suicide prevention, child abuse and neglect, human trafficking, bullying and CPR. Lawmakers this year added a requirement for school employees to undergo seizure awareness training starting next summer.

Media outlets report that often times no extra resources are allocated to pay for the trainings.

Administrators say it’s also a struggle to find the time to implement the programs.

State education officials say they’re aware of the challenges.

Indiana Department of Education spokesman Adam Baker calls it a “delicate balance” as there’s a need for teacher mental health support training as they work with students who have increasing social and emotional needs.

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