Social Worker Grants (SB 504)
Appropriates $5.6 million in FY 2016 and $11.2 million in FY 2017 to create a new grant program for schools to provide a social worker or other licensed mental health worker. Includes a mental health screening survey, to be administered in the first year in order to identify schools in need. This program will operate as a block grant to local districts based on identified needs. It also includes State General Fund of $300,000 in each fiscal year to create a new Safe and Respectful Learning Environment Office in the Department. The Director will report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.