Background and Introduction
The 2018 Kansas Legislature approved a proviso authorizing nine school districts to enter into agreements with local community mental health centers (CMHC) for the 2018 – 2019 school year and further provided funding for a database for students referred to the program. The one-year pilot program was established to address challenges schools were experiencing through increases in students (and families) with mental health needs. The MHIT program helps eliminate barriers for students and families which need clinical therapy and to access the local community mental health centers (CMHC) services.
At the end of the first year, nine USDs served over 1,700 students who received CMHC services through the MHIT program, including 212 foster students. Overall improvement was shown in academic performance, attendance and behavior in many of the students.
The 2019 Legislature appropriated funds for the mental health intervention team program during the 2019-20 school year. The State Board approved a total of 32 USDs to participate (27 USDs being fiscal agents and receiving the funds).
2019-20 School Year (current year)
USDs participating in MHIT Program
MHIT Guidance Handbook
- Guidance for participating USDs, Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC), and School Liaisons
Payments and Reports Schedule - 2019-20
MHIT Audit Guide - 2019-20 expenditures
2018-19 School Year (MHIT Program Pilot)
2018-19 Program Review - Summary of the first year of the program
Student Statistics - July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019
- Student totals by USD taken from Progress Reports
- Includes # students served, # students with improved attendance, behavior, and academic performance after receiving services
MHIT Payment History (by USD) 2018-19 total appropriation = $7,332,504
MHIT Audit Guide - 2018-19 expenditures
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