On Monday, April 23rd, Governor Ricketts vetoed LB998 which would have created the Collaborative School Behavioral and Mental Health Program. The program would have placed social workers inside Educational Service Units that would have connected students and families, in both public and private schools, to resources in their communities. The final version would have been entirely paid for by private funds.
“I am appalled the Governor would veto a bill that helps so many children and families. There were so many people who worked with us on this legislation. We worked with behavioral and mental health experts, school administrators, teachers, social workers, and concerned parents on LB998. Our office received over a hundred letters of support. This is a program that was needed and well supported,” said Walz.
Walz added, “I am in shock that a program intended to help children, with no cost to the state, would draw this level of opposition. Now, thousands of children will not have access to services they need because our governor is out of touch with the people he is supposed to represent.”