In a letter sent to Klobuchar today, APA Medical Director and CEO James H. Scully Jr., M.D., expressed APA's support for the bill, saying the initiative "paves the way for highly successful and evidence-based training initiatives...to empower more of these professionals with the knowledge of mental illness, the ability to detect warning signs, and the ability to take appropriate action in linking adolescents to the services they need." Read Scully's letter here.
The American Psychiatric Foundation's "Typical or Troubled?" school mental health program is already training school personnel to recognize students who show signs of having a mental health problem or psychiatric disorder and refer them for treatment. The Miami-Dade County public school system has recently adopted this program for use in all of its public middle and high schools. Read more about how the program is being used here.