Bill allowing outside behavioral health experts to treat students goes to Louisiana Senate

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Rep. Vincent Pierre, D-Lafayette, aims to expand behavioral health services within public schools. (Photo: Sarah Gamard)

Drew White

Legislation that would let children be treated by private counselors during school hours advanced without objection at a Senate Health and Welfare Committee meeting Wednesday.

House Bill 766 would prevent public schools from prohibiting outside behavioral health experts from treating students if the parents asked to use them instead of just relying on school counselors.

Behavioral health services are provided when an evaluation by a psychologist determines that a child has a psychiatric disorder and the behavior interferes with the child’s ability to learn in a classroom.

Read the full story in The Advocate.

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