Mental Health in Schools

State Rep. Nick Pisciottano is hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on mental health in high schools. 

The hearing was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 3. The full hearing can be viewed below. 



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Virtual Hearing: Mental Health in Schools

(February 16, 2021)

Rep. Nick Pisciottano - Mental Health in Schools Read more



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Pisciottano chairs roundtable discussion on improving mental health for high school students

(March 3, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, brought together school professionals, mental health advocates, human services professionals and legislators for a discussion on how resources can be allocated to better serve Pennsylvania students, during a PA House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today. Strengthening teachers and support staff was a natural part of the discussion that highlighted how the pandemic has exacerbated existing systemic issues with providing services to students, teachers and staff. “Our high school students have had to overcome so many challenges during the pandemic, including virtual schooling, a lack of real social interaction and constant disruptions to daily life during the most turbulent periods of growing up. It’s imperative we do all we can to support their mental health needs as they mature into young adults,” Pisciottano said. “This policy hearing was very helpful in hearing from a variety of experts on how state and local officials can best help students and work with our schools to give them the tools they need moving forward.” Michael Fiore, school social worker/home and school visitor for Council Rock School District, and Dr. Mike Ghilani, superintendent of West Jefferson Hills School District, shared the struggles students face and their efforts to make swift changes to policies and procedures that have had lifesaving impacts on students. Ghilani shared a tragic case Read more

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Mental health of students the focus of Wednesday’s virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

(March 2, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – State House Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, will host a virtual hearing to discuss the mental health of students during the current pandemic. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3. To view, the media and public can tune in to or the committee’s Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to . Pisciottano will be joined by committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and Democratic Policy Committee members to focus on the mental health of our high school students, notably during the current pandemic. This meeting is part of a weekly series focused on education, ensuring a quality education for all Pennsylvania children. Read more



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Mental Health in High Schools - Testimony

(March 3, 2021)

Testimony from 3/3/21 House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Mental Health in High Schools hosted by state Rep. Nick Pisciottano Read more