Senate votes on school safety, mental health bills
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The New Hampshire Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a batch of bills addressing safety and mental health in schools.
Senators voted in favor of developing a statewide, real-time notification system to link schools directly to law enforcement in the event of a shooting or other threat. They also approved funding for a pilot program in Rockingham County to bring mental health providers into schools for a crisis response and prevention program. Those two bills now head to the Senate Finance Committee. A third bill, which now goes to the House, would require schools to develop policies on suicide prevention, response and risk assessment and to provide suicide prevention training for faculty, staff and volunteers.