Teaching Demons article Demonstrators chant slogans as they gather in front of the House of Representatives on March 3, 2017 in Washington, DC.
The House of Representative is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would force states to allow testing of the mental health of students in schools.
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Demonstrations in support of the bill were staged in a number of cities across the country on March 4.
Demonstrator Michael Rios told reporters outside the Capitol, “We’re the ones who have to pay the price for this.
We need to stop demonizing children and our students.”
Demonstration organizers said the bill was needed because children with mental illness are disproportionately at risk for suicide and suicide attempts.
“I’m tired of hearing people say, ‘This is a terrible, horrible thing that needs to be stopped,'” said Alex Perez, a 26-year-old who helped organize the demonstration.
“But we’re not stopping until this bill is stopped.
It’s not going to stop until we have access to mental health care.
And we don’t want this bill to end when our kids come home from school.”
Demonstration organizers say they hope to push the bill through the House by Wednesday.
The legislation is expected be voted on by the Senate Wednesday, but lawmakers are not expected to take up the measure until next week.
Demonstration organizer David Smith, 28, told VICE News that “we want to have a safe school day for our kids.
This is about kids.
We don’t need to see more students who are traumatized and have mental health issues.”
The House version of the Mental Health Parity Act, introduced by Rep. David Price, R-Ga., would require schools and colleges to allow students to have mental and emotional health assessments that would determine if they meet a range of criteria for diagnoses and treatment.
Under the current law, mental health services are provided to students at the state level, but are not provided to the students at schools or colleges.
Students currently enrolled in public schools are required to have their mental health evaluations done by private organizations, which is how they are treated in some private colleges and universities.
Price’s bill would require all schools to report data about students who have received mental health assessments to the state.
According to a report from the American Psychological Association, about two-thirds of all Americans have a mental health condition.
The APA found that one in four Americans have had at least one mental health diagnosis in the past year.
About 2.5 million Americans have some form of mental illness, and more than 1.6 million people have a serious mental illness that has caused them to harm themselves or others.
According the APA, the number of people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness has risen by more than 500% over the past five decades.
“A school should not be a place where students are told that they can’t talk to their parents,” said Representative Jim Banks, a Georgia Republican who sponsored the bill.
“When the bill goes through the Senate, it will not only have a terrible impact on the health of our students and the health and safety of our schoolchildren, it also will have a devastating impact on our state budget.”
In addition to the bill, the bill would also require states to provide students with the option of getting help in their homes, or if they choose to go to a mental healthcare provider in their community, and if the state determines that students need to be monitored for suicidal thoughts or attempts, a minimum of 10 hours of mental health counseling be given by a licensed mental health professional.
“There are so many ways we can help our kids,” said Smith.
“We need to make sure they are protected from harm.”
In the aftermath of a deadly school shooting in Oregon, where a shooter killed 10 people and injured 20 others, the state of Oregon passed legislation in 2015 that would require students to take part in an intensive school-based mental health assessment.
The Oregon bill was the first to require that students have mental wellness evaluations and that schools be able to offer students the option to receive help in the home.
“The only thing the House bill doesn’t allow is students to go home and talk to themselves,” said Perez.
“It does not allow them to go back to their home, where they have been so traumatized.
If it were up to me, I would tell my kids to take their medication, but this bill doesn, and it does not have to be.”
Perez said that the bill does not protect the students from harm if they do not receive counseling.
“If it were my son, I’d be angry and I’d call my son.
It does not want my son to take his medication.
It wants my son in a school where he has access to a therapist who is trained to help him,” Perez said.
“That’s the best way to protect my son from harm.
It protects my son and my community.
If the bill is passed, it’s