This bill adds comprehensive mental health education to the public school health education curriculum. It amends RSA 189:10, II to include comprehensive mental health education as part of the curriculum, along with physiology, hygiene, health and interpersonal relationships, physical education, and wellness. The bill also specifies that the curriculum should address the effects of alcohol and other drugs, prevention of sexual violence, child abuse, HIV/AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases on the human system. The bill will take effect 60 days after its passage.

The Department of Education states that local school districts may incur new costs in purchasing curriculum to meet the requirements of this bill. The exact costs are indeterminable and would likely vary across districts.

Statutes affected:
Introduced: 189:10