Bill sets rules for school depression screening

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 14, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 15 at 10:38 AM

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon House of Representatives is considering a bill that would require schools to notify parents if students will be screened for depression.

Corvallis Democratic Rep. Sara Gelser and others are sponsoring the measure.

The proposal would require parents to be told their child can opt out of screening.

Gelser tells the Albany Democrat-Herald that House Bill 3474 is expected to reach the House floor for a vote this week and should pass.

She says that the measure specifies that parents or legal guardians must receive a written notice at least two weeks before it occurs.

She says students also could opt out on their own. She says students would be prohibited from opting in if a parent has said no to screening.
 

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