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State funding will help schools create mental health curriculums

By Eileen Buckley <news.wbfo.org/people/eileen-buckley> *•* Apr 11,

Recently adopted state budget provides a ‘mixed bag’ of funding for
programs. But as WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us it does
provide state dollars to help schools launch mental health curriculums.

“We want the next generation to be mental health literate. We think that is
incredibly important,” stated Glenn Liebman, CEO of the Mental Health
Association of New York State.

New York is the first state in the nation to pass a law that now mandates
teaching about mental health in schools.

Liebman appeared in Buffalo to review the newly adopted budget and
potential funding gaps. But Glenn Liebman tells WBFO News while they did
not get the amounts requested for housing and workforce, he is very pleased
lawmakers approved funding to create a resource center for training and
implementation to help schools develop mental health curriculums.

“And we were very excited about it. The concerns we brought up was that
right now there’s no real funding behind it – it’s a great law and it’s
laudable and we’re excited to see how it plays out in schools, but there is
a lot of misinformation about mental health. There’s no mandated curriculum
about mental health, so we wanted to go in andthe have ability to talk with
schools about how to go ahead and start implementing about mental health
teaching in schools,” Liebman explained.

One in five youth in the United States is directly impacted by mental
health issues. Schools are slated to roll out mental health curriculums in
the classrooms this fall.


Mental Health Association of New York State

mental health curriculums

teaching mental health in schools

Mental Health <news.wbfo.org/term/mental-health>

mental illness <news.wbfo.org/term/mental-illness>

WBFO Education Desk <news.wbfo.org/term/wbfo-education-desk>

WBFO Mental Health Initiative

Glenn Liebman, CEO

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