Rep. Meyers’ Statement on Ashland Bill Signing

MADISON – Rep. Beth Meyers (D-Bayfield) released the following statement on Gov. Tony Evers signing three bills into law at Ashland High School addressing mental health issues in schools, including a bill co-authored by Rep. Beth Meyers that was a result of the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention:

“I was honored to be a part of the Suicide Prevention Task Force this legislative session, and to co-author one of the bills being signed today. It’s so crucial that our state addresses the growing mental health needs of Wisconsinites, especially our young people.

“Suicide takes a serious toll on family, friends and communities. Greater availability of mental health resources, especially in our schools, is key to getting help to those in need.

“I’m incredibly grateful to Governor Evers and my colleagues who made these bills possible, as well as the advocates and survivors who have shared their stories and expertise with us. Thank you for your time and your hard work that made this legislation possible.”

Here are the three bills that were signed into law:

Assembly Bill 531: This bill requires that student identification cards include contact information for suicide prevention hotlines. This legislation is co-authored by Rep. Beth Meyers and a product of the Suicide Prevention Task Force.

Assembly Bill 644: This bill will create a school-based mental health consultation pilot program.

Senate Bill 527: Improves and properly defines how to use the seclusion and physical restraint of pupils.