Public schools; mental health awareness training. (HB224)

Introduced By

Del. Rozia Henson (D-Woodbridge) with support from co-patron Del. Michelle Maldonado (D-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; teachers and other relevant personnel; mental health awareness training. Requires each teacher and other relevant personnel, as determined by the applicable school board, employed on a full-time basis to complete mental health awareness training that addresses the needs of youth populations that are at a high risk of experiencing mental health challenges and disorders in accordance with evidence-based best practices developed by the American Psychological Association. Current law requires such teachers and personnel to complete mental health awareness training but does not contain any requirements relating to the specific topics such training must address. The bill prohibits any of its provisions or any policy adopted in accordance with its provisions from being construed to permit biased or discriminatory treatment of any youth population deemed to be at a high risk of experiencing mental health challenges and disorders. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact statement states that there is no anticipated state fiscal impact resulting from this bill. However, the impact on local school divisions is indeterminate.

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03/25/2024: Passed the General Assembly


01/04/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102611D
01/04/2024Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/2024Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
01/22/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
01/24/2024Reported from Education with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2024Committee substitute printed 24105961D-H1
01/26/2024Read first time
01/29/2024Read second time
01/29/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24105961D-H1
01/29/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB224H1
01/30/2024Read third time and passed House (62-Y 36-N)
01/30/2024VOTE: Passage (62-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/02/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB224H1)
02/14/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Public Education
02/29/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/29/2024Reported from Education and Health with amendments (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Reading of amendments waived
03/04/2024Committee amendments agreed to
03/04/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/04/2024Passed Senate with amendments (20-Y 19-N)
03/05/2024Senate amendments agreed to by House (66-Y 32-N)
03/05/2024VOTE: Adoption (66-Y 32-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB224ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB224ER)
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024Governor's recommendation received by House
04/17/2024VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024House rejected Governor's recommendation (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 100-N)
04/17/2024Communicated to Governor

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