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Senator Tina Smith Highlights Bill on Mental Health Services in Schools

Sen. Tina Smith is raising awareness on the need for more access of mental health services in schools across the state. Sen. Tina Smith is raising awareness on the need for more access of mental health services in schools across the state. |  Photo: State of Minnesota

Alejandra Palacios
Created: May 15, 2019 05:23 PM

Sen. Tina Smith is raising awareness on the need for more access of mental health services in schools across the state.

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While hearing from Rochester area educators and mental health professionals on April 25, Smith reintroduced her Mental Health Services for Students Act.

"If students are getting the mental health care treatment that they need, they're going to be able to do better in class and graduate on time and move on with their lives in a way that's productive and also happier for them,” Smith said.

The act would help schools partner with local mental health providers to establish on-site, mental health services for students. It would also provide training for school personnel on how to recognize, assist, and refer students to mental health support.

The legislation provides $200 million in funding to local educational agencies, tribal schools and community based organizations to start the partnerships and help fund important activities.

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