The Oregon Legislature is considering a bill that would require middle school and high school students to undergo an annual mental health exam.
The Salem Statesman Journal reports:
The pervasiveness of mental health issues and child suicide rates leads Oregon to rank as the worst state in the country for the prevalence of mental illness.
And the state’s lack of child psychiatrists and school counselors leaves families waiting for months to get help.
Locally, multiple teen suicides have affected both Salem-Keizer Public Schools and the Jefferson School District this year.
Oregon lawmakers want to help with a proposed bill requiring every student in grades 6 through 12 to undergo a mental health wellness check once every school year.
Under Legislative Concept 2890, every school district and public charter school in the state would be required to participate.
The bill does not state who will administer the exam other than a “trained professional.” I think we can assume that will not be a child psychiatrist or school counselor since we were told part of the problem is that the state lacks this.
Also, lacking in the bill is how much this will cost or who will pay
Also, the bill does not state what is information is gathered, how it will be used, or what screening tool will be used.
There is no mention of any kind of parental opt-out.
What could possibly go wrong?