2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Kory
School Mental Health Counselors

Item 144 #1h

Item 144 #1h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2021 $4,700,000 FY2022 $4,700,000 GF

Page 36, line 3, strike "$45,771,554" and insert "$50,471,554".
Page 36, line 3, strike "$44,194,141" and insert "$48,894,141".

Page 36 after line 3, insert:

"TT.  Out of this appropriation, $4,700,000 the first year and $4,700,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to support grants to local school divisions establishing new mental health counselor positions.  Grants awarded shall require a local match, based on the local composite index.  The Department of Education shall establish criteria for the award of these grants, including prioritization of grant awards to schools based on demonstrated need for such positions."  


(This amendment provides $4.7 million each year from the general fund to establish a grants for school divisions establishing mental health counselor positions. A companion amendment in Item 406 eliminates $4.7 million each year from a similar grant program that funds new school resource officer positions to fund this initiative.)