The bill allows grant money to be used for behavioral health care services at recipient schools and specifies that grants may also fund behavioral health services contracts with community providers. The bill requires the department of education (department) to prioritize grant applications based on the school's need for additional health professionals, and grant applicants must specify the extent to which the school has seen an increase in activities or experiences that affect students' mental well-being.
The bill allows a community provider to commit money to schools. It also changes the amount the department can expend to offset the costs incurred in implementing the program from 3% to 5% of money appropriated for the program.
The bill allows school districts to enter into agreements with specified groups to implement evidence-based, school-wide behavior supports and strategies to build and support positive school climates, including providing behavioral health services and supports; implement strategies to reduce the incidence of suspension and expulsion; and implement alternatives to suspension or expulsion.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)