2017 Session

Budget Amendments - SB900 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Deeds
DOE - Mental Health Screening in Elementary Schools

Item 138 #1s

Item 138 #1s

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2017 $0 FY2018 $436,250 GF

Page 118, line 46, strike "$28,993,945" and insert "$29,430,195".


(This amendment provides $436,250 for the Department of Education to fund the first year of a three year pilot to implement mental health screening in schools at three elementary school sites in Virginia, as described in the November 2016 Final Report on Mental Health Screening in Public Elementary Schools submitted by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The pilot schools shall be selected by DOE. During the first year, each pilot site will train school personnel in child mental health practices, develop and refine policies and procedures for each specific pilot site, and begin the process of hiring or reassigning staff. During the second and third years, demonstration sites will begin implementing screening processes and collecting data. During year three, demonstration sites will work with DOE to form recommendations for future implementation. Each site shall include: 1) a screening coordinator, 2) a contracted qualified mental health professional, 3) decreasing the current ratio of school counselors to students, and 4) mental health training offered to all school employees.)