2021 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Kory
School Mental Health Counselors (language only)

Item 144 #6h

Item 144 #6h

Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 148, after line 1, insert:

"School Mental Health Counselor Grants $0 $4,700,000".

Page 157, after line 31, insert:

"UU. Out of this appropriation, $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 the second year from the general fund for grants to school divisions to establish mental health counselor positions. This amendment, along with a companion amendment in Item 406, would eliminate the $4.7 million general fund appropriation in the second year for school resource officer / school security officer incentive grants to fund these mental health counselor incentive grants.)