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Arkansas safety commission looks at students’ mental health

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas School Safety Commission has expanded its list of goals for improving student and staff security to include proposals related to mental health services.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the 18-member commission of law enforcement officers, educators and mental health providers has been working since March to identify gaps in school safety and strategies to address them. The commission has already adopted suggestions this month for armed school security.

The commission accepted proposals Thursday from its subcommittees for school districts to implement an anti-bullying program, conduct school climate surveys, ensure student access to mental health services and expand employee training in mental health first aid.

Commissioners will submit a preliminary report to Gov. Asa Hutchinson by July 1 and a final version by Nov. 30.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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