School safety recommendations prioritize mental health

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire task force's report on improving school safety includes a strong focus on mental health, though one advocacy group says the suggestions don't go far enough.

The task force appointed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday made 59 recommendations, including eight related to mental health. The group called for a social and emotional learning curriculum, increased suicide prevention training, and threat assessment task forces that can quickly intervene when a student appears to be in trouble.

Task force chairman Perry Plummer says the goal is disrupting the pathway to violence in part by changing school culture. The New Hampshire Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative praised the report, but said it could have gone further in supporting larger efforts to close gaps in the mental health care system.

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