MHARS Board supports language update proposed by Senate Bill 126
Our Board supports the Ohio Revised Code language change proposed by Senate Bill 126, specifically the language that will allow mental health professionals, under defined circumstances when parental consent is unavailable, to administer crisis assessments to a child younger than age 14.
Children are now experiencing mental health crises at younger ages. Children under the age of 14 are dying by suicide at double the rate they did a decade ago.
Suicide is now the leading cause of death among Ohioans ages 10‐14 and the second leading cause of death among Ohioans ages 15‐34.
Our Board thanks the community members and agencies that are supporting this language change through testimony to the Ohio Senate. Link to our Board’s proponent testimony from February 19, 2020.
Many thanks to Senator Nathan Manning for sponsoring Senate Bill 126.
To learn about these and other efforts to prevent suicide in Lorain County, please join the Suicide Prevention Coalition.
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