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Napolitano Sponsors Bill to Provide Mental Health Services in Schools

The act would provide grants of up to $1 million each to help schools hire mental health professionals.

A bill, sponsored by Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., along with 45 original cosponsors, is proposing to fund on-site school-based mental health services for youth.

Napolitano, who represents the the 32nd District and is one of Monrovia’s Congressional representatives, has championed mental health services, citing mental illness as a major issue in today’s gun violence.

The Mental Health in Schools Act would create a competitive grant program in providing $200,000,000 in competitive grants of up to $1 million each that would allow school districts to hire mental health professionals for school sites.

“Mental wellness is just as important as physical wellness, and we must reduce stigma to ensure the quality of life of our youngsters, our families, our communities, and our returning service members,” Napolitano said in a written statement. “It is okay to seek help. We must secure and protect the federal funding needed to carry out affordable mental health services and programs for all Americans. Government recognition for the need of mental health services is long overdue.”

Gayle M. Montgomery February 15, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Thank you, Rep. Napolitano. This is a much-needed service.
Dan Crandell February 15, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Who needs these expensive experts the most, teachers or students ? The story is unclear on it.
Laurel Hiestand February 17, 2013 at 09:05 PM
It's about time we all deal with this issue. Mental health is as important as physical health. It took decades for people to stop making "retard" jokes about the mentally retarded. I hope it doesn't take as long for people to understand that "crazy" people of all ages are mentally ill and desperately need help.

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