Despite ‘Crisis,’ States and Districts Slow to Spend $1B in Mental Health Funds



Cardona said recently that he wants the funds for mental health “drawn down quicker.”

But Kayla Tawa, youth policy analyst at the left-leaning Center for Law and Social Policy, said there’s a reason some states might be taking their time. That’s because they’re waiting for instructions from Washington on how to bill Medicaid for mental health services for low-income students who qualify.  That would free up grant dollars for other programs that benefit all students.  Guidance on that provision in the law is expected this spring.

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