CPR Mandate, School Mental Health Bills Head to Governor

Assembly Bill 545 relating to requiring lifesaving skills instruction for pupils was approved by both houses of the legislature on Tuesday, February 16.

This bill, authored by Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) and Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), requires school boards to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary and cardiocerebral resuscitation in any health education course offered to pupils in grades 7 to 12 and to provide instruction about automated external defibrillators to pupils in grades 7 to 12, beginning in the 2017-18 school year. (Under current law, schools are required to offer instruction about cardiopulmonary and cardiocerebral resuscitation to pupils enrolled in high school grades.) The WASB was neutral on this bill.

Assembly Bill 664  relating to mental health services in schools was also approved by both houses of the legislature on Feb. 16.

This bill, authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), prohibits the Department of Health Services (DHS) from requiring a mental health clinic or a licensed treatment professional to designate a school site as a clinic office in order to provide outpatient mental health services at the school. WASB supports this bill.

Both bills head to Governor Scott Walker who is expected to sign them into law.