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Jerry’s Law Will Help Children and Teens With Mental Illness Get Supportive Services in Schools

While more legislation is not the solution to every social problem, the bill before New York Governor Andrew Cuomo known as Jerry’s Law looks like a step in the right direction.

If signed by Governor Cuomo, Jerry’s Law will require schools in the state of New York to notify parents of their right to have their children evaluated for special education services (“Jerry’s Law Intended to Help Teens With Mental Illness”, timesunion.com, July 6, 2014).  While this seems like a simple enough requirement, the tragic story of Jerry Clark IV, for whom the bill is named, shows why it is necessary.

          “Jerry’s Law Intended to Help Teens With Mental Illness”
          timesunion.com,  July 6, 2014



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