Bill to make Youth Risk Behavior Survey opt-in stalls this year

By Danielle Ray
July 17th, 2022
National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire (NAMI NH) Executive Director Susan Stearns
National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire (NAMI NH) Executive Director Susan Stearns

Although New Hampshire House Bill 1639 to make the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in schools opt-in instead of opt-out is now off the table this year, individuals on both sides of the issue have strong views when it comes to either potential outcome down the road.

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an opt-out program to maximize participation and expand data collection as widely as possible.

Through a system of surveys including a national school-based survey and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments, it monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute t...

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