2023 School Aid Fund Budget Includes $361 Million for School Mental Health Services

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that her 2023 School Aid Fund budget recommendation would invest $361 million for school-based mental health services.

This includes hiring and retaining mental health professionals and opening 40 new clinics for students across Michigan.

“In my budget for the next school year, I’m proposing another historic investment in on-campus mental health supports for our kids,” said Governor Whitmer. “We can and must work together to expand access to mental health care to help our kids thrive in and out of the classroom. My budget includes the highest per-student investment in Michigan history – I look forward to making that investment reality.”

Governor Whitmer’s proposed budget for 2023 includes the following:

  • $150 million to offer training for teachers in partnership with TRAILS.
  • $25 million to give every school free access to quality mental health screeners.
  • $120 million to hire more school-based mental health professionals.
  • $50 million to continue to strengthen school-based mental health supports to ensure school nurses and social workers are part of a bigger effort and not isolated resources.
  • $11 million to open school-based health centers in regions with limited access to care.
  • $5 million to provide on-demand help for school-based clinicians responding to unique cases in partnership with the Michigan Child Collaborative Care at the University of Michigan.

Currently, there are over 100 school-based health centers in Michigan. They serve more than 200,000 students every year in communities where families lack access to medical services.