Senator Hoffman announces support of mental health legislative response to recent violence
ST. Paul, MN – At a press conference today, Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Coon Rapids) announced his support of legislation to reduce violence by investing in early mental illness initiatives. Sen. Hoffman is a co-author of the mental health bill introduced by State Senator Kathy Sheran (DFL-Mankato) earlier this week.
“We cannot ignore the violent events happening in our communities. Our reaction, however, must address the problem from multiple angles,” said Sen. Hoffman.
The legislation aims to give parents and schools the tools they need to address mental health deterioration before behavior becomes violent. Components of the bill invest in school-linked mental health services, training for mental health professionals on early psychosis and intensive treatments and support for families with adolescents and young adults experiencing their first psychotic episode.
Joining Sen. Hoffman in support of this bill was Dennis Carlson, Superintendent of Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District. “The attention being paid to investments in mental health programs linked to our schools is encouraging,” said Superintendent Carlson. “I look forward to seeing this legislation develop and I will continue lending my support to Senator Hoffman’s work on this bill.”
“I believe this legislation successfully starts tackling one of our society’s toughest challenges,” continued Sen. Hoffman. “By including mental health support systems in our reaction to gun violence, we are finally addressing an often-ignored facet of this conversation.”