APA Supports Legislation to Promote Mental Health in Schools
APA has pledged its continued support for the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013 (H.R. 628/S. 195). APA joined with two dozen other national organizations in sending a Feb. 6 letter of support to Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who reintroduced this legislation in the House and Senate, respectively. The Mental Health in Schools Act would authorize a grant program for schools that partner with organizations in their communities to expand students’ access to mental health resources. The grants would also support training programs in schools to help staff, families and other community members refer students to services. APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO) has supported the Mental Health in Schools Act across multiple Congresses and continues to advocate for its passage in the 113th Congress.