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To amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend projects relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Feb 17, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Feb 17, 2011

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To amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend projects relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Mental Health in Schools Act of 2011''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress makes the following findings: (1) Approximately 1 in 5 children have a diagnosable mental disorder. (2) Approximately 1 in 10 children have a serious emotional or behavioral disorder that is severe enough to cause substantial impairment in functioning at home, at school, or in the community. It is estimated that about 75 percent of children with emotional and behavioral disorders do not receive specialty mental health services. (3) Only half of schools across the United States report having formal partnerships with community mental health providers to deliver mental health services. (4) If a school is going to respond to the mental health needs of its students, it must have access to resources that provide family-centered, culturally and linguistically appropriate supports and services. (5) Effective school mental health programs reflect the collaboration and commitment of families, students, educators, and other community partners. (6) Many schools have school-employed mental health providers supporting student's social, emotional, and behavioral health needs in schools. The most common types of staff providing mental health services in schools were school counselors, followed by school nurses, school psychologists and school...

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H.R. 751 would establish a grants program within SAMHSA to provide funds to eligible local educational agency/local mental health organizations partnering to provide comprehensive school mental health programs. http://www.spanusa.org/?fuseaction=home.download&folder_file_id=FED4B8E1-FC1B-9733-722CB735BCA525C9

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February 9, 2011 Dear Representative Napolitano: The undersigned organizations applaud your re-introduction of the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2011 and pledge our strong support to enact this initiative. We share your vision for expanding the availability of comprehensive school-based mental health services for students in communities across America. Undoubtedly, healthier students learn and perform better and a key component of academic success is addressing the mental health of our nation’s children and adolescents. According to a 2009 Institute of Medicine report on mental health prevention and promotion, 50 percent of individuals with a mental health diagnosis first experience it by age 14, 75 percent by age of 24. Given the early onset of emotional and behavioral disorders and their subsequent indirect and direct costs (estimated at $247 billion annually), investments in early intervention programs, especially those that better connect behavioral health and education systems, should be prioritized. This legislation is needed to break the cycle of failure that is a result of ignored mental health problems. This important legislation builds on the highly-effective program known as the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program, it authorizes competitive grants to local school districts to assist them in early interventions and referrals for treatment, it provides supports for students and their families, and it allows for staff training to be culturally and linguistically appropriate. The Mental Health in Schools Act will work to greatly improve the success of children with mental health issues in our school systems by endorsing Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS). School-wide PBS has emerged as a successful strategy to prevent school violence, the use of alcohol and drugs, possession of firearms and general disruptive behavior. The literature summarizing studies of school-wide PBS suggests that, on average, PBS schools see improvements in social climate and academic performance and experience 20- to 60 percent reductions in disciplinary incidents. Furthermore, the improved behavior enables teachers to use more classroom time for education. We commend you for re-introducing the Mental Health in Schools Act. Your bill recognizes that mental disorders are prevalent among our nation’s youth and the introduction of your bill is an important step in addressing our nation’s mental health crisis among youth. The Act would also provide communities with much needed assistance in developing policies to address child and adolescent mental health issues and violence when and if it occurs. The effect of the Act will be to create a much more positive environment for children with mental health issues in our local communities. We strongly urge the House to pass this legislation as soon as possible. http://www.mhlg.org/02-09-11.pdf

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February 9, 2011 Dear Representative Napolitano: The undersigned organizations applaud your re-introduction of the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2011 and pledge our strong support to enact this initiative. We share your vision for expanding the availability of comprehensive school-based mental health services for students in communities across America. Undoubtedly, healthier students learn and perform better and a key component of academic success is addressing the mental health of our nation’s children and adolescents. According to a 2009 Institute of Medicine report on mental health prevention and promotion, 50 percent of individuals with a mental health diagnosis first experience it by age 14, 75 percent by age of 24. Given the early onset of emotional and behavioral disorders and their subsequent indirect and direct costs (estimated at $247 billion annually), investments in early intervention programs, especially those that better connect behavioral health and education systems, should be prioritized. This legislation is needed to break the cycle of failure that is a result of ignored mental health problems. This important legislation builds on the highly-effective program known as the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program, it authorizes competitive grants to local school districts to assist them in early interventions and referrals for treatment, it provides supports for students and their families, and it allows for staff training to be culturally and linguistically appropriate. The Mental Health in Schools Act will work to greatly improve the success of children with mental health issues in our school systems by endorsing Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS). School-wide PBS has emerged as a successful strategy to prevent school violence, the use of alcohol and drugs, possession of firearms and general disruptive behavior. The literature summarizing studies of school-wide PBS suggests that, on average, PBS schools see improvements in social climate and academic performance and experience 20- to 60 percent reductions in disciplinary incidents. Furthermore, the improved behavior enables teachers to use more classroom time for education. We commend you for re-introducing the Mental Health in Schools Act. Your bill recognizes that mental disorders are prevalent among our nation’s youth and the introduction of your bill is an important step in addressing our nation’s mental health crisis among youth. The Act would also provide communities with much needed assistance in developing policies to address child and adolescent mental health issues and violence when and if it occurs. The effect of the Act will be to create a much more positive environment for children with mental health issues in our local communities. We strongly urge the House to pass this legislation as soon as possible. http://www.mhlg.org/02-09-11.pdf

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February 9, 2011 Dear Representative Napolitano: The undersigned organizations applaud your re-introduction of the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2011 and pledge our strong support to enact this initiative. We share your vision for expanding the availability of comprehensive school-based mental health services for students in communities across America. Undoubtedly, healthier students learn and perform better and a key component of academic success is addressing the mental health of our nation’s children and adolescents. According to a 2009 Institute of Medicine report on mental health prevention and promotion, 50 percent of individuals with a mental health diagnosis first experience it by age 14, 75 percent by age of 24. Given the early onset of emotional and behavioral disorders and their subsequent indirect and direct costs (estimated at $247 billion annually), investments in early intervention programs, especially those that better connect behavioral health and education systems, should be prioritized. This legislation is needed to break the cycle of failure that is a result of ignored mental health problems. This important legislation builds on the highly-effective program known as the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program, it authorizes competitive grants to local school districts to assist them in early interventions and referrals for treatment, it provides supports for students and their families, and it allows for staff training to be culturally and linguistically appropriate. The Mental Health in Schools Act will work to greatly improve the success of children with mental health issues in our school systems by endorsing Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS). School-wide PBS has emerged as a successful strategy to prevent school violence, the use of alcohol and drugs, possession of firearms and general disruptive behavior. The literature summarizing studies of school-wide PBS suggests that, on average, PBS schools see improvements in social climate and academic performance and experience 20- to 60 percent reductions in disciplinary incidents. Furthermore, the improved behavior enables teachers to use more classroom time for education. We commend you for re-introducing the Mental Health in Schools Act. Your bill recognizes that mental disorders are prevalent among our nation’s youth and the introduction of your bill is an important step in addressing our nation’s mental health crisis among youth. The Act would also provide communities with much needed assistance in developing policies to address child and adolescent mental health issues and violence when and if it occurs. The effect of the Act will be to create a much more positive environment for children with mental health issues in our local communities. We strongly urge the House to pass this legislation as soon as possible. http://www.mhlg.org/02-09-11.pdf

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February 9, 2011 Dear Representative Napolitano: The undersigned organizations applaud your re-introduction of the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2011 and pledge our strong support to enact this initiative. We share your vision for expanding the availability of comprehensive school-based mental health services for students in communities across America. Undoubtedly, healthier students learn and perform better and a key component of academic success is addressing the mental health of our nation’s children and adolescents. According to a 2009 Institute of Medicine report on mental health prevention and promotion, 50 percent of individuals with a mental health diagnosis first experience it by age 14, 75 percent by age of 24. Given the early onset of emotional and behavioral disorders and their subsequent indirect and direct costs (estimated at $247 billion annually), investments in early intervention programs, especially those that better connect behavioral health and education systems, should be prioritized. This legislation is needed to break the cycle of failure that is a result of ignored mental health problems. This important legislation builds on the highly-effective program known as the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program, it authorizes competitive grants to local school districts to assist them in early interventions and referrals for treatment, it provides supports for students and their families, and it allows for staff training to be culturally and linguistically appropriate. The Mental Health in Schools Act will work to greatly improve the success of children with mental health issues in our school systems by endorsing Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS). School-wide PBS has emerged as a successful strategy to prevent school violence, the use of alcohol and drugs, possession of firearms and general disruptive behavior. The literature summarizing studies of school-wide PBS suggests that, on average, PBS schools see improvements in social climate and academic performance and experience 20- to 60 percent reductions in disciplinary incidents. Furthermore, the improved behavior enables teachers to use more classroom time for education. We commend you for re-introducing the Mental Health in Schools Act. Your bill recognizes that mental disorders are prevalent among our nation’s youth and the introduction of your bill is an important step in addressing our nation’s mental health crisis among youth. The Act would also provide communities with much needed assistance in developing policies to address child and adolescent mental health issues and violence when and if it occurs. The effect of the Act will be to create a much more positive environment for children with mental health issues in our local communities. We strongly urge the House to pass this legislation as soon as possible. http://www.mhlg.org/02-09-11.pdf

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February 9, 2011 Dear Representative Napolitano: The undersigned organizations applaud your re-introduction of the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2011 and pledge our strong support to enact this initiative. We share your vision for expanding the availability of comprehensive school-based mental health services for students in communities across America. Undoubtedly, healthier students learn and perform better and a key component of academic success is addressing the mental health of our nation’s children and adolescents. According to a 2009 Institute of Medicine report on mental health prevention and promotion, 50 percent of individuals with a mental health diagnosis first experience it by age 14, 75 percent by age of 24. Given the early onset of emotional and behavioral disorders and their subsequent indirect and direct costs (estimated at $247 billion annually), investments in early intervention programs, especially those that better connect behavioral health and education systems, should be prioritized. This legislation is needed to break the cycle of failure that is a result of ignored mental health problems. This important legislation builds on the highly-effective program known as the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program, it authorizes competitive grants to local school districts to assist them in early interventions and referrals for treatment, it provides supports for students and their families, and it allows for staff training to be culturally and linguistically appropriate. The Mental Health in Schools Act will work to greatly improve the success of children with mental health issues in our school systems by endorsing Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS). School-wide PBS has emerged as a successful strategy to prevent school violence, the use of alcohol and drugs, possession of firearms and general disruptive behavior. The literature summarizing studies of school-wide PBS suggests that, on average, PBS schools see improvements in social climate and academic performance and experience 20- to 60 percent reductions in disciplinary incidents. Furthermore, the improved behavior enables teachers to use more classroom time for education. We commend you for re-introducing the Mental Health in Schools Act. Your bill recognizes that mental disorders are prevalent among our nation’s youth and the introduction of your bill is an important step in addressing our nation’s mental health crisis among youth. The Act would also provide communities with much needed assistance in developing policies to address child and adolescent mental health issues and violence when and if it occurs. The effect of the Act will be to create a much more positive environment for children with mental health issues in our local communities. We strongly urge the House to pass this legislation as soon as possible. http://www.mhlg.org/02-09-11.pdf

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Bill Summary

To amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend projects relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.

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