New Mexico senators push to increase mental health services in schools

The senators said they’re supporting a bill along with 16 of their colleagues. The Mental Health in Schools Act would fund grants to schools and mental health centers to expand services for students.

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"Too many young people who suffer from mental illness never receive the support and services they need," Heinrich said. "This bill would change that. By expanding comprehensive school-based mental health services, students will be more likely to seek help and get the care they deserve to live healthier lives."

Their bill would authorize $200 million a year in grant funding for five years. The grant funding would be used to train school staff and family members to recognize signs of mental health problems.

The Obama administration has suggested increased mental health funding for schools as part of its push to combat gun violence. Some argue that early intervention on mental health issues could reduce incidents of gun violence committed by people with mental illness.