MLive: State funding recognition of K-12 mental health issues, advocates say

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation designating $31.3 million for School Mental Health and Support Services within the K-12 budget. Advocates for children say years of lobbying and advocacy finally paid off in December. School leaders say every year they try to meet the growing needs of students with mental, emotional or behavioral disorders with limited resources. “We are abundantly grateful for the allocation because it acknowledges student mental health issues are a problem in our schools,’’ said Ottawa Area ISD Superintendent Peter Haines. “For a long time, there has been a universal outcry that this...
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Governor Snyder Approves $30 Million for New Mental Health Services in Schools

On December 27th, Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 149 (H-1), which funds over $30 million for school mental health support services in schools. The bill caps off a successful year for mental health and education advocates, who are now commending the addition of crucial resources to help children in need residing in underserved schools. Senator Goeff Hansen and Senator Peter MacGregor were co-sponsors of the bill, which included $5 million to hire additional licensed mental health care providers in School-Based Health Centers (referred to as child and adolescent health centers in the state budget). These providers would be placed in...
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SCHA-MI Honors Legacy Heroes

      Legacy Hero Award Winners These heroes have been with us for a long time, and we couldn’t have made the strides in child healthcare without them beside us. State Partners                 James Haveman Nick Lyon Janet Olszewski Kathy Stiffler Carrie Tarry Nancy Vriebel Education Partners Walker Beverly Pat Nicols Nino Rodriquez Kathleen Strauss Roberta Stanley Legislative Partners James Blanchard John Dingell Pan Godchaux Goeff Hansen Peter MacGregor Mickey Mortimer Mike Pumford Debbie Stabenow Joe Schwarz Fred Upton Raj Weiner Gretchen Whitmer Health Center and Community Kathleen Conway Stephanie Painter Doug Paterson Bob Sheehan Kim Sibilsky Gail Warden Terri...
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Nominate Your Colleagues for these Awards!

Every year, we take time to honor members of our school-based community who have been outstanding advocates and contributors. We are looking to you to nominate your colleagues in these key areas: Apple Award – The “Apple Award” is a great way to recognize a community member, advisory board representative, parent, educational partner, or funder who has expressed enduring support for school-based and school-linked health centers in your community or in Michigan. Make a Nomination Marilynn Keeslar Award – The Marilynn Keeslar Award, was created to recognize an individual who encompasses the traits of Marilynn Keeslar. This is a great way to recognize a staff...
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Michigan Legislature funds $30 million for School Health Services

Michigan Legislature takes summer recess, funding details to be decided in next few months.  The Michigan Legislature went on recess this week after designating 30 million for mental health services in a line item – School Mental Health and Support Services within the K12 budget. These funds have not been allocated to specific service, but rather appropriated as a whole. Language in the bill states that money from this line item must be appropriated.  This will require a supplemental bill to be passed by the end of summer. This is great news for our school-based health centers! This was made possible due to...
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Congressman Upton introduces legislation to reauthorize funding for SBHCs

Representatives John Faso (R-NY), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Fred Upton (R-MI) and John Sarbanes (D-MD) today introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) program. The legislation, H.R. 5899, will reauthorize the School-Based Health Centers program through 2023. The program’s statutory authorization expired in 2014. SBHCs primarily operate in underserved communities and play a crucial role in the provision of primary care services to school children, which also includes dental screenings and mental health services. SBHCs have become increasingly important as opioid abuse has become more common amongst students who have visited a doctor for an injury or had surgeries....
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Students Take Charge for Mental Health Awareness Month

Last week, over 190 students and health center advocates traveled to Lansing for SCHA-MI’s Youth Advocacy Day. The timing could not have been more perfect, as May recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month across the nation. We spoke with dozens of legislators about the importance of mental health as a key component in making schools safe. Every Legislator that we visited, regardless of their political party, location, or demographic, seemed to take our message to heart and recognized the importance of mental health as a vital part of school safety. Before Advocacy Day, we asked students a to tell us what...
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