Anoka-Hennepin Superintendent Supports Mental Health Legislation

Created: 02/11/2013 11:33 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

The Anoka-Hennepin School District Superintendent is weighing in on the nationwide mental illness discussion.

Superintendent Dennis Carlson recently spoke at a state capitol press conference in support of legislation that aims to cut down on violence through early mental illness initiatives.  

According to the school district, the legislation is sponsored by Sen. John Hoffman, who is a former Anoka-Hennepin School Board member.

The bill includes investments in mental health services through schools, early-detection training for mental health professionals, and support for families with teens or young adults who experience a psychotic episode.

The bill would help parents and schools have more tools to address mental illness before the behavior becomes violent, according to the school district.