Before the pandemic, 1 in 5 children had a mental disorder, but only about 20 percent of them received care from a mental health provider, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention data. The need has grown while mental health care is harder to get than ever.
The Mental Health Services for Students Act (S. 1841/H.R. 721) would:
- Provide funding for public schools to partner with local mental health professionals to provide on-site mental health care services for students
- Train teachers, families, and community members to recognize when a student is experiencing a mental health crisis and get help for them
- Identify best practices for the delivery of mental health care in school-based settings
The bill passed the House months ago. Now, the Senate must act.