Senate Bill 195 (S. 195) Introduced in Congress to Expand Access to Mental Health Care in Schools

On January 1, 2013, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the Mental Health in Schools Act to, “ensure that schools provide access to critical mental health treatment for kids who need and deserve these services.”

According to the announcement on Sen. Franken’s website,
“The Mental Health in Schools Act would establish a grant program that would:

  1. Expand access to mental health services in schools;
  2. Support schools that work with community-based organizations to expand access to mental health services for students;
  3. Provide assistance through grants to schools to train staff, volunteers, families, and other members of the community to recognize the signs of behavioral health problems in students and refer them for appropriate services; and
  4. Authorize $200 million in grant funding per year over five years, and eligible schools may apply for up to $1 million per grant year, based on the size of their student population.”