JFC approves school mental health pilot program, other bills

The Joint Finance Committee signed off on a series of spending proposals today, including one that would create a mental health consultation pilot program in Outagamie County.
The committee approved AB 644/SB 608 15-0. It would provide $350,000 to the Department of Health Services to launch the program with half of the money earmarked for 2020-21.
The program would help participating schools provide enhanced care to students with mental health care needs.
Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, said while she supported the bill, it didn’t go far enough. She ticked off a series of stats on mental health ...

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