House Bill 159
HB 159 updates the requirements of educator preparation programs to integrate instruction on topics related to special education, including requirements related to mental health, substance use, youth suicide.
House Bill 1525
HB 1525 (incorporated from HB 332 and SB 2004) allows school districts to use compensatory education allotment on programs for at-risk students that are intended to build student skills related to managing emotions, positive relationships, and decision-making.
Senate Bill 123
SB 123 integrates social emotional learning skills into current law relating to instruction in positive character traits and personal skills in kindergarten through 12th grade. The competencies include self-management skills, interpersonal skills, social awareness, responsible decision-making skills, and self-awareness.
Senate Bill 168
SB 168 requires school districts to adopt trauma-informed methods and policies to support the mental health of students when conducting active shooter drills on school campuses.
Senate Bill 179
SB 179 amends current law [TEC 33.006] to require that school counselors spend at least 80 percent of their time performing counseling duties, defined as under the Texas Comprehensive School Counseling Program [TEC Sec 33.005].
Senate Bill 279
SB 279 requires suicide prevention contact information to be added to student identification cards in grades 7-12, as well as community colleges and public universities.
Senate Bill 2050
SB 2050 amends current law [TEC 37.0832] to require districts to develop a policy that prevents and mediates bullying incidents and requires annual reporting of bullying incidents, and those that included cyberbullying.
House Bill 2093
HB 2093 expands the definition of “non-physician mental health professional” to include a physician assistant who has expertise in psychiatry or is currently working in a mental health facility. This amendment allows physician assistants to be hired under HB 19.