AN ACT TO FUND ADDITIONAL SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT PERSONNEL IN RESPONSE TO ANTICIPATED GREATER NEED DUE TO IMPACTS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019.
Identical to S 844, filed 5/26/2020.
Includes whereas clauses.
Appropriates $480 million in recurring funds for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction to increase the Instructional Support Allotment. Requires that the funds be used to establish a tiered system of support for students by increasing positions for the following school mental health support personnel: (1) at least one school psychologist for every 700 students; (2) at least one school counselor for every 250 students; and (3) at least one school social worker for every 400 students. States the NCGA's intent that the funds supplement and not supplant any funds already provided for school psychologists, school counselors, and school social workers.
Reenacts and incorporates by the reference the State Budget Act, GS Chapter 143C.
Provides for the continued validity of 2019 legislation appropriating funds to an agency covered by the act unless expressly repealed or amended.
Deems the act to supersede any conflicting provision of HB 966 (2019 Appropriations Act) or the specified Committee Report.
Effective July 1, 2020.