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HR 1109 Mental Health For Student Act
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We need your help!
The American Counseling Association (ACA) needs your help to encourage members of Congress to support H.R. 1109 the
Mental Health for Student Act. Congressional Mental Health Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) and John
Katko (R-NY), along with 56 original co-sponsors, proudly introduced H.R. 1109, the Mental Health Services for Students
Act, to fund on-site mental health services for youth in schools nationwide.
Please contact your elected representatives to urge them to support this important bill and share your perspective as a
Licensed Professional Counselor. As a mental health care provider, you know the impact early care can have, and the
importance of being able to access mental and behavioral health support in your community.
How you can help
Message your representatives here or you can also call the U.S. Capitol at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to someone in
your representatives’ offices. A phone call is sure to get the attention of someone in a Congressional office and you can
also let them know about your role as a licensed professional counselor.
Once passed, the Mental Health Services for Students Act would:
• Provide access to more comprehensive on-site mental health care services for students and their communities by
revising, increasing funding for, and expanding the scope of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration’s (SAMHSA) Project AWARE Grants for State Educational Agencies which promote youth mental health awareness
among schools and communities and improved connections to services for school-age youth.
• Allow teachers to concentrate on teaching by providing comprehensive, culturally and linguistically appropriate
services to support students in need of mental health care and those at-risk for behavioral mental health disorders.
• Promote positive mental health education and support for parents, siblings, and other family members of children with
mental health disorders, as well as concerned members of the community.
• Create a total of $200 million in grant funding as well as educate the entire school community on the warning signs
and symptoms of mental illness to help identify and treat mental health issues before they escalate.
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