Healthy Minds' top policy priority for 2022 signed into law
Oklahoma Gov. Stitt signed into law Healthy Minds’ top policy priority for the 2022 legislative session.
HB 4106 by Rep. Mark Vancuren (R-Owasso) and Sen. Dewayne Pemberton (R-Muskogee) ensures every school in Oklahoma has a protocol for responding to students in suicidal and mental health crises.
Youth suicidality is at an all-time high, yet despite having procedures to protect students in other emergencies, schools are often unprepared to empower families when a student experiences a mental health crisis. Rep. Vancuren and Sen. Pemberton’s bill establishes partnerships between schools and community behavioral health care providers to develop evidence-based response plans that prioritize family involvement and student anonymity.
Healthy Minds worked with Rep. Vancuren and Sen. Pemberton to develop HB 4106 – which received overwhelming bipartisan support – and coordinated a coalition of health care, education, and business groups to advocate for it. The bill takes effect July 1, 2022.