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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-168.  Joint resolution designating May 8 as Children’s Mental Health Day at the State House.

(J.R.H. 35)

Offered by:  Representatives Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Clarkson of Woodstock, Flory of Pittsford, Haas of Rochester, Hudson of Lyndon, Komline of Dorset, Lorber of Burlington, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, McDonald of Berlin, Mitchell of Barnard, Moran of Wardsboro, Oxholm of Vergennes, Rodgers of Glover and Sweaney of Windsor

Whereas, according to estimates from the U.S. Surgeon General, up to 20 percent of children in this country will be diagnosed with a mental health or addictive‑related disorder, and

Whereas, in Vermont that figure means over 28,000 young persons in Vermont will be diagnosed with a disorder that will affect their daily lives, and

Whereas, the same data indicate that 11 percent of children experience a dysfunctional impairment due to their disorder, and five percent of all children have an extreme functional impairment that is disorder related, and

Whereas, these numbers represent thousands of youth, and in fiscal year 2006, Vermont’s public mental health system served nearly 10,000 youth, a doubling of the number in 13 years, and

Whereas, included among the types of mental health‑related illnesses that young Vermonters suffer are schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, major depression, grief reaction, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder syndrome, and panic attacks, and

Whereas, on occasion, these youngsters also have developmental disabilities, such as autism and co-occurring substance abuse disorders, and

Whereas, the department of health’s mental health division provides important services for these youth and their families, including: case management; community supports in individual or group settings; employment services; respite services; clinical interventions, including assessment services and beds; crisis support; and foster homes, and

Whereas, each day these children and their families face many challenges that most Vermonters could never imagine, related to support services, home stability, and stigma, and

Whereas, these children and their families merit special recognition for their bravery under difficult circumstances, and organizations concerned about their well‑being will be gathering at the State House on May 8, 2007, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates May 8, 2007 as Children’s Mental Health Day, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health,

VPIC, Children’s Mental Health Directors, Retreat Healthcare, VAMH, the division of mental health, and the Statewide Children’s Standing Committee.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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