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School-Based Mental Health Support Program

Concerning the creation of the school-based mental health support program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2024 Regular Session
Human Services
Bill Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill creates the school-based mental health support program (program) in the behavioral health administration (BHA) to provide high-quality training, resources, and implementation and sustainment support for the existing public school educator workforce to provide evidence-based mental health services to students through a contract with an external provider. The program emphasizes supporting schools in rural areas and schools with students who do not have equitable access to mental health care.

No later than January 1, 2025, the bill requires the BHA to contract with an external provider to implement the program no later than the start of the 2025-26 school year.

The bill requires the BHA to collaborate with the external provider to determine the cost of implementing the program in at least 400 public schools by the start of the 2027-28 school year.

The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate and appropriates $2.5 million from the general fund to the department of human services for use by the BHA to administer the program. The bill allows the BHA to use up to $100,000 of the funds to select the external provider.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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