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Sun April 7, 2013
Senators Want Expanded Mental Health Coverage For Students
• Expand access to mental health services in schools; • Support schools that work with community-based organizations to expand access to mental health services for students; • Provide assistance through grants to schools to train staff, volunteers, families, and other members of the community to recognize the signs of behavioral health problems in students and refer them for appropriate services; and • Authorize $200 million in grant funding per year over five years, and eligible schools may apply for up to $1 million per grant year, based on the size of their student population.
In 2010, New Mexico had the fifth-highest rate of youth suicide in the country. The Mental Health in Schools Act is supported by numerous organizations, including the National Alliance for Mentally Ill-New Mexico, the New Mexico Psychological Association and the New Mexico Association of Elementary School Principals.