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Kansas: $10M for more mental health services for students

April 9, 2018, Fox4, Kansas City, KS: Kansas lawmakers approve school mental health pilot program, select KCK district http://fox4kc.com/2018/04/09/kansas-lawmakers-approve-school-mental-health-pilot-program-select-kck-district/ Kansas lawmakers are signing off on a new pilot program that would expand mental health services for students. The measure, tied into the school funding bill, comes with $10 million of funding and big goals. Kansas City, Kan. USD 500 is one of just six districts in the state hand-picked to take part in the pilot program. … "It’s not just the school violence. It’s not just the growing recognition we need to treat mental illness, especially in students, but both," said Kyle Kessler, executive director of the Kansas Association of Mental Health Centers. … The state legislature's approved $10 million that will help create "behavioral health improvement teams," made up of a clinician and case manger from community mental health centers in Kansas and a school behavioral health liaison employed by the district. …