The commissioner of human services shall establish a school-linked behavioral health grant program to provide early identification and intervention for students with mental health and substance use disorder needs and to build the capacity of schools to support students with mental health and substance use disorder needs in the classroom.
An eligible applicant for a school-linked behavioral health grant is an entity or provider that is:
(1) a mental health clinic certified under section 245I.20;
(2) a community mental health center under section 256B.0625, subdivision 5;
(3) an Indian health service facility or a facility owned and operated by a tribe or tribal organization operating under United States Code, title 25, section 5321;
(4) a provider of children's therapeutic services and supports as defined in section 256B.0943;
(5) enrolled in medical assistance as a mental health or substance use disorder provider agency and employs at least two full-time equivalent mental health professionals qualified according to section 245I.04, subdivision 2, or two alcohol and drug counselors licensed or exempt from licensure under chapter 148F who are qualified to provide clinical services to children and families;
(6) licensed under chapter 245G and in compliance with the applicable requirements in chapters 245A, 245C, and 260E, section 626.557, and Minnesota Rules, chapter 9544; or
(a) Allowable grant activities and related expenses may include but are not limited to:
(1) identifying and diagnosing mental health conditions and substance use disorders of students;
(2) delivering mental health and substance use disorder treatment and services to students and their families, including via telehealth consistent with section 256B.0625, subdivision 3b;
(3) supporting families in meeting their child's needs, including navigating health care, social service, and juvenile justice systems;
(4) providing transportation for students receiving school-linked behavioral health services when school is not in session;
(5) building the capacity of schools to meet the needs of students with mental health and substance use disorder concerns, including school staff development activities for licensed and nonlicensed staff; and
(6) purchasing equipment, connection charges, on-site coordination, set-up fees, and site fees in order to deliver school-linked behavioral health services via telehealth.
(b) Grantees shall obtain all available third-party reimbursement sources as a condition of receiving a grant. For purposes of this grant program, a third-party reimbursement source excludes a public school as defined in section 120A.20, subdivision 1. Grantees shall serve students regardless of health coverage status or ability to pay.
Grantees shall provide data to the commissioner for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of the school-linked behavioral health grant program.
NOTE: The amendment to subdivision 2 by Laws 2021, chapter 30, article 17, section 44, is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval, whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes when federal approval is obtained. Laws 2021, chapter 30, article 17, section 114.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes