For each category we focus our policy recommendations on, we have a few goals. You can click on each heading below to see our recommendations filtered by topic.

Trauma-informed practices

Teach social emotional learning in schools

Create safe and warm school environments

Access to low cost, high-quality mental health treatment

Reduce stigma and increase knowledge of mental health and wellness

Funding for counselors, social workers, and mental health support in schools

Responsible media reporting on mass shootings

Hold (social) media companies accountable

Anonymous reporting

Teach media literacy

Limit active shooter drills for children

Situational crime prevention

Common sense firearms legislation

Mental Health Access and Gun Violence Prevention Act of 2021 – H.R.137

The Mental Health Access and Gun Violence Prevention Act is a proposed bill that authorizes FY2022 appropriations for the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration to (1) increase access to mental health care treatment and services, and (2) promote reporting of mental health information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

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Proposed Bill Unnamed Bill – H.R.167

H.R.167 is a proposed bill that makes it unlawful for a person who is not a licensed gun dealer to transfer a firearm at a gun show. The prohibition does not apply to a transfer to a licensed manufacturer, importer, dealer, or collector. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, a prison term, or both.

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PREP for All Students Act of 2020 – S.4956

The PREP for All Students Act of 2020 is a proposed bill that aims to create a Council on Emergency Response Protocols to ensure the establishment of accessible, developmentally appropriate, culturally aware, and trauma-informed emergency response protocols in public schools, early childcare and education settings, and institutions of higher education, and for other purposes.

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Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act of 2021 – H.R.1803

The Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act is a proposed bill which authorizes the award of matching grants to enhance services in secondary schools for students with mental and behavioral health issues that can lead to failure in school, such as depression and substance abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration may award these grants on a competitive basis to state or local educational agencies that serve at least one secondary school.

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