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VOL. 45 | NO. 13 | Friday, March 26, 2021

Lee revives K-12 mental health trust fund push

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is reviving a proposal to put $250 million into a trust fund that would help expand mental health services for school-aged children.

The Republican announced the plan Monday at a news conference alongside fellow GOP leaders in the Legislature.

Lee proposed the idea in early 2020, but removed it and other items from his budget plan when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

The state plans to seek private donations for the new reserve and will use investment earnings from the fund to funnel into more mental health offerings.

Some of those could include direct clinical services in schools; mental health awareness and promotion; suicide prevention; trauma-informed programs and practices; and violence and bullying prevention.

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