Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2021
Bill S. 1841: Mental Health Services Act of 2021 aims “To amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend projects relating to children and to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.” This bill is a federal bill, if passed it will be implemented across the United States. This bill has numerous purposes. It anticipates it will be able to expand Project AWARE State Educational Agency Grant Program to give more mental health services to children or adolescents. It intends on giving broad staff development for those who work in public schools. It also intends to provide training to better the health and academic standing of children who are at risk of attaining a mental health issue or already have one. It provides training for the parents, guardians, siblings, and involved members of the community to improve the mental health of these children or adolescents with mental health trauma, disabilities, or mental health disorders. It focuses on providing evidence-based screening to identify mental health disorders in children. It also anticipates it will be able to improve the working relationships of health, human service, and educational entities to provide better assistance in the mental and emotional health of these children and adolescents. If this bill is passed into law, it will provide children and adolescents better mental health services in schools. Many students struggle due to the stress from the COVID-19 pandemic, and have difficulty coping with the reoccurring change from in person classes to online classes. They are in need of improved services to help manage their mental health. Please sign this petition to help the children of the United States.