APA supports legislation to promote mental health in schools

The Mental Health in Schools Act would authorize a grant program for schools to expand students' access to mental health resources.

By Kerry Bolger, PhD

Passage of the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2013 (H.R. 628 and S. 195) is part of APA’s federal advocacy agenda to promote positive school climate, school safety and student learning. This agenda also includes advocacy and support for the Achievement Through Prevention Act; the Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Act; and the Youth Promise Act. APA’s Education Government Relations Office and Public Interest Government Relations Office staff work closely together on these issues.