Gov. Carney signs bill expanding mental health services in Delaware elementary schools

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NEW CASTLE, Del. – On Thursday, Governor John Carney signed House Bill 100, expanding mental health services in Delaware elementary schools.

“Delaware children come to school every day with unique challenges, and we should be ready to support them so they can have their best chance to be successful in the classroom,” said Governor Carney. “We’ll continue to invest in our public schools to make sure all Delaware children get the education they need and deserve. There’s no higher priority.”

The Fiscal Year 2022 budget includes $8 million to implement House Bill 100. We’re told that funding must be used to hire mental health professionals in Delaware elementary schools and cannot be supplanted.

The legislation will be fully funding in Fiscal Year 2024. Beginning then, districts can work with the Delaware Department of Education and submit supplantation plans to ensure resources are reaching the highest-needs students.

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