Children’s Committee

The Children’s Committee was formed in response to the legislation, newly-passed in Illinois and under review currently in Florida, to require social-emotional screenings for public school children. It is our position that in light of Illinois’s current dearth of adequate resources for at-risk students and their families, such a mandate will result in the widespread pathologizing, medicating and stigmatizing of children without providing adequate avenues for family and child therapy. We suggest, thus, that state resources must be spent on developing truly humane and effective treatment networks and referral processes for this mandate to avoid creating even more over-diagnosed and under-treated children.