H.R.2958: Increasing Access to Mental Health in Schools Act

Overview

The Increasing Access to Mental Health in Schools Act (H.R. 2958) would direct the Department of Education (ED) to award grants to partnerships between educational agencies and graduate institutions to increase the number of school-based mental health services providers employed by low-income local educational agencies (LEAs). Grant funds may be used for specified purposes, including to provide student-loan forgiveness and tuition credits and to support recruitment, hiring, and training.

In addition, ED shall establish a program to provide student-loan forgiveness for individuals who (1) are not, and have never been, participants in the grant program established by the bill; and (2) have been employed by low-income LEAs for five or more consecutive school years as mental-health services providers.

S. 1642 is the Senate companion bill introduced by Sen. Jon Tester.

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Our Stance

Support

Priority

Medium

Bill Number

H.R.2958

Date Introduced

May 23, 2019

Committee

House Education and Labor Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled

Sponsor

Rep. Judy Chu