Behavioral Health School Grant Funding


During the 2019 legislative session, the Behavioral Health Division was allocated funds for the purpose of providing behavioral health services and support grants to school districts to address student behavioral health needs.

The appropriation for this effort can be reviewed in Section 23 of Senate Bill 2012.


Click here for the School Grant Application.

Funding Guidance

Examples of How Grant Funds Can be Utilized

Students without insurance

  • Clinical behavioral health services for individuals not covered by Medicaid or other private insurance.

Students with insurance, but there are service/support gaps in coverage

  • Individuals who are insured, but insurance doesn’t cover required clinical or support services.
  • Transportation costs when a child/family is unable to access transportation or funding for transportation to and from services.

Prevention and early intervention services and supports

  • Prevention and early intervention (including emotional wellbeing promotion curriculums), to be reviewed and approved by the Behavioral Health Division prior to implementation.
  • Early intervention screenings and assessments (when not reimbursable through other means).


Examples of How Grant Funds CANNOT be Utilized

  • Any strategy related to or utilizing seclusion and/or restraint.
  • To pay for behavioral health services that are reimbursable through a third-party payer (Sanford, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion, etc.)
  • To pay for services or supports that are experimental or not evidence-based/best practices.

What is the estimated turnaround time to receive funding after our application has been submitted for the Behavioral Health School Grant?

We anticipate a quick turnaround time to announce funding awards after applications have been submitted. The guidance and application for the grant will be made available soon, and the specific time frame will be stated in both the guidance and application.

Can funding from the Behavioral Health School Grant be used for clinical services?

Clinical services are billable and those services should be billed through insurance (Medicaid, etc.), therefore a school would not receive funding from the grant for those services.

After we are granted funding, do the funds expire? When do we have to use it by?

The funds for the Behavioral Health School Grant expire June 30th, 2021, aligning with the state fiscal year.