AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR A SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH GRANT PROGRAM.
Enacts GS 115C-377, directing the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to establish the School Mental Health Grant Program (Program) with the stated purpose to increase student access to mental health support personnel in public school units, within available Program funds. Includes defined terms. Requires DPI to establish deadlines for Program applications to be submitted by, and grants to be awarded to public school units, as well as required application content. Requires awards to be need-based, with priority given to units with a greater proportion of students who have limited or no access to mental health services. Specifies that grants are to supplement related funding. Requires DPI to annually report to the specified NCGA committees, beginning March 15, 2023, on the Program. Specifies required content of DPI reports.
Appropriates $40 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to DPI for 2022-23 to provide grants under the Program. Authorizes DPI to use up to $50,000 for administrative costs of the Program.
Effective July 1, 2022, and applies beginning with the 2022-23 school year.