School-based Mental Health

Overview

School-based Mental Health Qualified Grant Program (SBMHQGP)

During the 2019 Utah State Legislature session, House Bill (H.B.) 373: Student Support Amendments was sponsored by Representative Steve Eliason and Senator Ann Millner. This bill designates the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) to distribute money appropriated under this section to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to provide, in a school, targeted school-based mental health support. This includes clinical services and trauma-informed care, through employing or entering into contracts for services provided by qualifying personnel.

School-based Mental Health Screening Program Grant (SBMHSPG)

During the 2020 Utah State Legislature session, House Bill (H.B.) 323: School Mental Health Funding Amendments was sponsored by Representative Steve Eliason and Senator Ann Millner. This bill sets standards for participating LEAs to implement approved Mental Health Screening Programs for students. The application is required for all LEAs who are conducting mental health screenings in any form. USBE, in consultation with the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) has compiled a list of evidence-based screening tools, and completed a list of mental health conditions for which to screen that has been approved by the board.

Contacts

For general questions, please e-mail schoolbasedmentalhealth@schools.utah.gov.

Christy Walker
School and Student Safety Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7502 | E-mail

Shaleece Oldroyd
Office Support
Phone: (801) 538-7640 | E-mail

School-based Mental Health Qualified Grant Program (SBMHQGP)

Policy

The School-based Mental Health Qualified Grant Program for LEAs was created in accordance with the following regulation:

  • House Bill 373: Student Support Amendments
    Utah State Legislature
  • R277-622: School-based Mental Health Qualified Grant Program
    Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules

In the 2020 Legislative Session, the Utah State Legislature House Bill 323: School Mental Health Funding Amendments by Representative Steve Eliason and Senator Ann Milner addressed provisions relating to the School-based Mental Health Qualified Grant Program.

These provisions include the following:

  • Adds language to include telehealth services as a qualified use of funds.
  • Adds Teacher and Student Success Account (TSSA) as an approved funding source for the fund matching requirement for an LEA whose plan was approved by the state board before April 1, 2020.

Removes the fund matching requirement for an LEA whose plan was approved by the state board after April 1, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Information coming soon.

Fiscal Year Projections

Fiscal Year 2021 allocation projections for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are based on the October 1, 2019 headcount. Projections for Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) are based on the number of member LEAs within their region.

Fiscal Year 2021 Projections

Application Cycle

LEAs interested in receiving School-based Mental Health Qualified Grant funding need to successfully complete and submit a comprehensive plan, to be approved by the Utah State Board of Education.

Application Options
This document is to assist LEAs with selecting the best option for their needs during the Fiscal Year 2021 application cycle.

Utah State Board of Education School-based Mental Health Qualified Grant Program (First Time Applicants) LEA Application Fiscal Year 2021
Google Docs

This application is for LEAs who are applying for this grant funding for the first time for Fiscal Year 2021.

Note: The link for the second-year grantees will be sent directly to the LEAs that are in their second year of the grant.

School-based Mental Health Qualified Grant Program (House Bill 373) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Google Docs

Schedule for Application Support

LEA Technical Assistance Recording:

  • Release Date: to be announced
Interim Feedback Dates

LEAs who submit by the following dates/time will receive feedback (and/or application approval) from the Utah State Board of Education review team prior to the final due date:

  • August 25, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Application Final Due Date:

  • September 4, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Send completed application for interim feedback and/or the final application to Shaleece Oldroyd at shaleece.oldroyd@schools.utah.gov as a digital link to the completed plan.

Note: To be considered, the Utah State Board of Education must receive your electronic copy by the dates specified above. All e-mail submissions will be confirmed with a receipt e-mail from the Utah State Board of Education within 24 hours. An LEA shall resubmit if a receipt is not received.

2021 Fiscal Year Request for Second Distribution (Additional Funding)

2021 Fiscal Year Second Distribution Survey
Qualtrics

This grant will be administered through the Utah State Board of Education. Each LEA with an approved plan will receive an initial distribution totaling 25% of the allocation upon plan approval on the August allotment.

In order to receive the second distribution totaling 75% of the allocation, an LEA must demonstrate the hiring of qualified personnel to the Superintendent. We are requiring the LEA provide the Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) Identification Number or the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) Number for the hired qualified personnel for verification. If the LEA enters a contract with a local mental health authority, they need to provide evidence of the executed contract.

2021 Fiscal Year Accountability and Data Report

LEAs are required to provide an annual report of their progress toward achieving goals and outcomes outlined in their School-based Mental Health Qualified Grant Program plan.

2021 Fiscal Year Accountability and Data Report (coming soon)

  • Release Date: To be Announced
  • Due Date: To be Announced

Contacts

Christy Walker
School and Student Safety Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7502 | E-mail

Shaleece Oldroyd
Office Support
Phone: (801) 538-7640 | E-mail

School-based Mental Health Screening Program Grant (SBMHSPG)

Policy

The School-based Mental Health Screening Program for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) was created in accordance with the following regulations

During the 2020 Legislative Session, H.B. 323 School Mental Health Funding Amendments was sponsored by Representative Steve Eliason and Senator Ann Millner. This bill sets standards for participating LEAs to implement approved Mental Health Screening Programs for students. An application is required for all LEAs who are conducting mental health screenings in any form.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Concerning 2020 Mental Health Screening Program
Google Docs

Application

Due December 20, 2020
Mental Health Screening Program Participation Application Form
Qualtrics

Due January 12, 2021
Mental Health Screening Program Grant Application Form
Google Docs

Resources

Mental Health Screening Tool List

Proposed Mental Health Conditions for School-based Mental Health Screening Program H.B. 323, R277-625

School Mental Health Screening Programs Infographic

Definition

Mental health screener or screener means systematic tool or process;

  1. to identify if a student is experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing, issues related to the student’s mental health;
  2. for an early identification strategy to detect the onset of mental health conditions, enabling the mental health conditions to be potentially addressed; and
  3. that is not:
    1. a diagnostic tool or process; or
    2. a system or process used by a student’s teacher to observe behavior for the purpose of targeted learning interventions.

Webinars

January 11, 2021
School-based Mental Health Screening Grant Application Webinar
YouTube

Contacts

Tanya Albornoz
Prevention Specialist
Utah State Board of Education
Phone: (385) 321-0974 | E-mail

Scott Eyre
School-based Mental Health Specialist Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH)
Phone: (801) 450-2667 | E-mail

Tina Morandy
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7526 | E-mail