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Provide Mental Health Services in Schools

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased stress among students, as well as educators struggling to be there for their students while coping with challenges of their own.

Take Action

Email your senators and tell them to support and push for a vote on the Mental Health for Students Act.

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.