Topics at the annual Indiana School Health Conference this week touch on numerous supportive health services and the issue of school safety was front and center.
More Indiana schools are focused on how to best provide social and emotional learning in an effort to support students behavioral health.
Director of Public Policy for Covering Kids and Families Indiana Mark Fairchild says he was pleased when recently passed school safety legislation included a mental health assessment.
"Talking about surveying schools on what they’re doing to maintain positive school environments," says Fairchild, "how they’re working with kids who may have experienced trauma and how they’re looking at that whole picture of all those supportive services in school.
About 500 Indiana nurses, counselors, teachers, state health officials and community support groups attended the 10thannual conference.
Fairchild says another topic that lawmakers tackled this past session was sexual health education. He says Indiana doesn’t have a standardized curriculum and it’s not mandated.
"Because we don’t have those things a lot of folks don’t know what’s going on with the schools, what good work is going on, what could be improved upon," Fairchild says, "So I think there’s going to be a lot of discussion on how do we establish that baseline."
Other topic areas included behavioral health curriculums and substance abuse prevention programs.