Mental Health Services: The bill includes $119 million in new funding to increase access to mental health services. This includes a total of $95 million for the administration’s Now is the Time initiative: $15 million for Mental Health First Aid programs that teach individuals to identify and respond to the signs of mental illness; $40 million for Project AWARE State grants, which will focus on making schools safer and connecting young people with mental health services; and $40 million in new funding to address shortages in the behavioral health workforce. In addition, the bill includes a new 5 percent set-aside within the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant that will allocate $24 million to evidence-based programs addressing the needs of individuals with the early signs of serious mental illness.
Safe and Healthy Schools: Safe, positive school environments can help reduce unhealthy student behavior, increase academic achievement, and counter the effects that violence can have on students. The bill includes $195 million specifically to improve learning conditions in the Nation’s schools. Highlights include: $50 million for a new School Climate Transformation Grants program; $25 million to help school districts develop, implement, and improve their emergency management plans; $25 million for Project Prevent, which will help schools in troubled communities break the cycle of violence; and up to $8 million for Project SERV, which offers education-related services following a violent or traumatic event.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): The bill includes nearly $3.5 billion for LIHEAP, the same level as in fiscal year 2013.
Community Services Block Grant: The bill includes $676 million for this program, the same level as in fiscal year 2013.
More details will be available once the bill is finalized.