Georgia: $1.6M for student mental health training; $8M for more school security

Mar 17, 2018, Barrow News Journal: Georgia House passes FY2019 budget … Another important addition to the budget is $1.6 million for a student mental health awareness training program, including response and intervention training, for students in preschool through 12th grade. And in the wake of what happened at a Florida school earlier this year, the House is designating $8 million in bond funding for items to make our schools more secure. … Health care costs also are a significant portion of the FY2019 budget. In addition to new funding for behavioral health services to autistic children under the age of 21 and money for the Marcus Autism Center to treat children with the greatest needs, we plan to appropriate $2 million to the Georgia Department of Public Health for addressing Georgia’s high maternal mortality rate. … We also are implementing recommendations of the Commission on Children’s Mental Health, such as adding respite homes, grants to expand services to students in 100 more schools and telemedicine equipment and services. In the budget as well is money to expand the Georgia Crisis Access Line’s operating hours and to create a mobile application to provide mental health services.