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April 3, 2012

Counseling bill approved

— OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislation approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives would implement better intervention efforts when students are identified as needing counseling.

House Bill 2641, by state Rep. Lee Denney, creates the Twenty-first Century Successful Living Act. The legislation would require the Office of Juvenile Affairs and the Oklahoma Association of Youth Services to identify an evidence-based counseling curriculum for schools.

Under the bill, the Office of Juvenile Affairs would make the counseling available to students and school districts through designated youth service agencies.

If the bill becomes law, each of the existing 41 youth services agencies would train two staff and deliver services to approximately 75 students, for a total of 6,150 students served in the coming fiscal year.

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