Ga. Governor Proposes $22 Million For Children’s Mental Health
Gov. Nathan Deal has proposed $22.9 million dollars in the fiscal year 2019 budget to fund children’s mental health programs.
The funding recommendations come out of a commission the governor created last year to address mental health care access for children. The money would help expand a school-based mental health program, provide more crisis services for children and increase telehealth services.
“Having been a social worker in the state for 20 years, I can tell you this is the first time there’s been a meaningful investment in children’s mental health,” said Judy Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities