Kentucky - School-based or School-linked Mental Health Services: Programs and Services

Programs And Services
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State law encourages districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.

Kentucky Revised Statutes 156.496 Family resource and youth services centers

(3) Youth services centers shall be located in or near each school in the Commonwealth, except elementary schools, in which twenty percent (20%) or more of the student body are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Youth services centers shall promote identification and coordination of existing resources and shall include but not be limited to the following core components for each site:

  • (a) Referrals to health and social services;

  • (b) Career exploration and development;

  • (c) Summer and part-time job development for high school students;

  • (d) Substance abuse education and counseling; and

  • (e) Family crisis and mental health counseling.

(4) A grant program is hereby established to provide financial assistance to eligible school districts to establish or maintain family resource or youth services centers. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services shall award grants pursuant to KRS 156.4977. Funding provided to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for the grant program and agency administrative costs shall include an increase that is equal to or greater than the general fund growth factor provided in agency budget instructions.

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