Student Behavioral Health, Commission on; established, report. (HB1735)

Introduced By

Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield) with support from co-patron Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Commission on Student Behavioral Health created. Establishes the Commission on Student Behavioral Health as a legislative branch commission. The purpose of the Commission shall be to (i) assess the efficacy of developing and implementing a statewide behavioral health and suicide prevention hotline that students may use to report threats of violence or receive real-time counseling services; (ii) review the current school counselor-to-student ratio, and whether the realignment of counseling responsibilities proposed by the House Select Committee on School Safety is improving schools' ability to provide counseling services to students; (iii) review the current roles and responsibilities of school nurses, psychologists, and social workers in schools and determine whether a realignment of responsibilities could improve or streamline behavioral health services offered to students; (iv) evaluate the efficacy and costs of providing enhanced behavioral health services in schools delivered through partnerships established between school divisions and local departments of social services and community services boards; (v) assess the effectiveness of de-escalation and other alternative disciplinary policies when interacting with students suffering from behavioral health challenges; (vi) examine the value of additional teacher training requirements on student behavioral health, such as mental health first aid; and (vii) examine other topics related to student behavioral health identified by the Commission. The Commission shall consist of 12 members as follows: seven members of the House of Delegates, of whom two shall be members of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions, two shall be members of the House Committee on Education, two shall be members of the House Committee on Appropriations, and one shall be a member at-large, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; and five members of the Senate, of whom two shall be members of the Senate Committee on Education and Health, two shall be members of the Senate Committee on Finance, and one shall be a member at-large, to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. The Commission may appoint, employ, and remove an executive director and such other persons as it deems necessary and determine their duties and fix their salaries or compensation within the amounts appropriated therefor. The Commission may also employ experts who have special knowledge of the issues before it. All agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance to the Commission, upon request. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


02/20/2019: Passed the Senate


12/19/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101085D
12/19/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
01/17/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1735)
01/17/2019Assigned Rules sub: Subcommittee #1
01/29/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (6-Y 1-N)
01/31/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2019Reported from Rules with amendment (15-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/04/2019Engrossed by House as amended HB1735E
02/04/2019Printed as engrossed 19101085D-E
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/05/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1735E)
02/06/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Rules
02/18/2019Reported from Rules with amendments (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Rereferred to Finance
02/18/2019Reported from Finance with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Reading of amendments waived
02/20/2019Committee amendments agreed to
02/20/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2019Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate insisted on amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Placed on Calendar
02/21/2019Senate amendments rejected by House (1-Y 99-N)
02/21/2019VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2019House acceded to request
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Robinson, Jones, S.C., O'Quinn, Torian
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: McDougle, Newman, Saslaw
02/24/2019No further action taken
02/24/2019Failed to pass in House