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July 29, 2021 Regular/Tentative Budget Hearing Meetings
Title
Mental Health Grant Submission for School Year 2021-22
Meeting Date(s)
Information - 07/29/2021
Consent after Information - 08/24/2021
Consent Type
Discussion

The 2019 Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 7030, Implementation of Legislative Recommendation of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which comprehensively addresses school safety. Section 15 of SB 7030 went into effect on July 1, 2019 and amended the Mental Health Assistance Allocation (MHAA), which provides funding to assist district in establishing or expanding school-based mental health care.

SB 7030 amended the MHAA, in part, to ensure that every Florida Public School student has access to mental health professionals at school for the 2020-21 school year, this is achieved by training educators and other staff to identify and respond to mental health issues, and by referring children, youth and families who experience behavioral health issues to appropriate services.

Brevard Public Schools (BPS) will receive a mental health assistance allocation of $2,798,605.00 to expand school-based mental health care and access to mental health services for students. One hundred percent (100%) of this allocation must be expended on the following three elements.

  1. Expand school-based mental health care.
  2. Train educators and other school staff in detecting and responding to mental health issues.
  3. Connect children, youth, and families with appropriate behavioral health services.

School districts must submit board approved plans to the commissioner by August 1, 2021.

Recommendation

Approve submittal of the BPS Mental Health Plan to the Florida Commissioner of Education.

Authority for Action
FS 1101.42
Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No
Source of Funding
Operating - Categorical
Financial Impact
FY Amount Budgeted Fund Cost Center Project Function Object Program
21-22 2,798,605.00   100 9295 000595 TBD TBD TBD
Legal Counsel Review
No
Contact
Chris Moore, Assistant Superintendent, Student Services, ext. 11270
Attachments
Mental Health Grant Submission for School Year 21-22.pdf
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