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...