Student mental health was at a crisis point and has been exacerbated by the stresses of COVID-19. That’s why we appropriated an additional $250 million for student mental health and well-being. It’s crucial to meet children where they are and provide a support network for them through childhood and into early adulthood. With this funding, schools will be able to ensure students with mental health needs can be identified and provided with appropriate numbers of counselors, more school psychologists and more school-based health centers.
Since my time in the House, I’ve been fighting for adequate and accessible mental health services in our schools. I’m incredibly proud that both sides of the aisle were able to come together on this critical need.