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Ashley GalatiPublic Policy & AdvocacyFinal ProjectAugust 16, 2020
1The policy I chose is the New Jersey Legislature A810 which is a bill that establishes apilot program to create student mental health assistance programs in selected school districts.Depending on the schools that are chosen to participate in the bill the schools can be eitherpublic or private which isn’t specified, the funding for the program is funded publicly and theprivate schools are funded privately. The bill doesn’t talk at all about if private schools areeligible for this program as well as the funding would come from the education budget that allschools have. When building support in communities the whole community needs to worktogether and fight for what they believe in. If the whole community comes together and works toget what they want then social change will happen. In a divided community with conflict it ishard to be successful in building social change.Throughout the years mental health has gotten worse and worse in children. Years agoisn’t really something that anyone took seriously but since it has gotten excruciatingly worsemore and more awareness for mental health has come to light. Schools have taken mental healthmore seriously but some schools still don’t do much for it. Schools don’t have the tools or manpower to be able to have specific jobs for students dealing with mental health issues. When itcomes to the social and political events of this legislation, this bill was created because of theoutcry of students who have been dealing with mental health issues as well as for the studentsthat have succumbed to their mental health issues. These issues in schools across the country ofsuicides from mental health issues has gotten so bad it has reached the media and social media aswell as has become a big political topic. People as well as government officials are finding waysin order to fix these problems that students are struggling with.When it comes to the economic aspect of this bill the most common way schools will be
2able to have the funding for this program is through their school budget that all schools get fromthe state or their town officials. Schools that don’t have much room in their budget for thisprogram could do other fundraising options in order to be able to have those fundings.The Department of Child & Family Services Office of Education(OOE)only servesstudents in certain regions of New Jersey. They work at only 16 schools that operate with DCFincluding at-risk youth programs or schools that cater to working with pregnant teens. They alsowork with public schools around New Jersey as well as private community-based programs.They work with these schools and programs because they are determined through the NJDepartment of Education(DOE). The DOE determines what schools need the most help andassign the OOE to work for their school or program. The DOE needs to work towards being

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