One month after the deadly elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Congress passed a bipartisan bill crafted to prevent future school shootings.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill 234-193 on June 24, following the Senate’s 65-33 vote on June 23.
The legislation will support and expand access to community-based services nationwide and provide substantial new investments in mental health, school safety, and state-led crisis intervention programs.
Here are a few highlights:
Requires technical assistance and guidance from HHS on how states can improve access to telehealth for services under Medicaid and CHIP
Requires guidance to state Medicaid agencies, education agencies, and school-based entities regarding the delivery of Medicaid/CHIP services to beneficiaries in school-based settings, including a comprehensive list of best practices and examples of methods to pay for and increase the availability of Medicaid.
Establishes a Federal Clearinghouse on School Safety Evidence-based Practices to identify and publish evidence-based best practices and recommendations to support a positive and safe learning environment.
Restructures Health Surveillance and Program support