June 1, 2018 – The Florida Department of Education issued a memorandum and supporting documents to help school leaders and governing board members as they develop a plan for using the mental health allocation that was part of SB 7026. Per state statute, charter schools – like district-run schools – are required to provide security on campus and make mental health services available to every student.
Memorandum and supporting documents links:
DRAFT Mental Health Assistance Allocation Plan Outcome and Expenditures Report – Due Sept.30, 2019 – https://info.fldoe.org/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-8285/dps-2018-77c.pdf
If you have questions regarding the above documents, please contact: Mark.Eggers@fldoe.org
Funding School Safety initiatives:
A Safe Schools allocation was included in the general fund – making new total allocation of an estimated $161,500,000. The funds will be distributed to schools through FEFP — increasing school allocation from $22 per student to $51 per student. There is also a mental health assistance allocation to assist schools in establishing or expanding school based mental health care for students.
- $69,237,286 in 2018-19 school year will be recurring funds received through FEFP
- Each district receives a minimum of $100,000
- Charter schools are entitled to a proportionate share of district funding
- Estimated allocation: $22.11 per student
Districts must develop and submit a detailed plan outlining the local program and planned expenditures by August 1. Charter schools must develop and submit a detailed plan outlining the local program and planned expenditure. At least 90% of allocation must be spent on: provision of mental health assessment, diagnosis, intervention, treatment and recovery services, direct or contracted employment of service providers.SB 7026 requires school districts and charter schools to annually develop and submit certain detailed plans regarding the safe schools and mental health assistance allocations. Your plan must be approved by the charter school’s governing board and submitted to your district authorizer.