In the News: Crow Secures Federal Funding for Mental Health Services at Schools
This afternoon, Crow’s amendment to support an increase in federal funding for Project SERV passed the House overwhelming, 345-73, as part of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020. Crow’s amendment would support a $5 million increase for Project SERV, which provides mental health resources to students in the wake of tragedies. He also called on Congress to scale programs that provide similar assistance to our nation’s students and teachers.
You can see the video of Rep. Crow’s speech here.
Politico: House passes amendment supporting additional funding for Project SERV
By Nicole Gaudiano
A messaging amendment suggesting a boost of $5 million for a program that funds grants to schools after traumatic events was passed by the House on a 345-73 vote today.
Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) proposed the measure supporting "Project SERV" as an amendment to a massive spending bill that includes education funding, H.R. 2740 (116), following the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting that happened in his district in May. One student was killed and several others were injured at the K-12 charter school in Douglas County.
Crow noted that additional funding was provided in disaster aid legislation, H.R. 2157 (116), which President Donald Trump signed earlier this month.
Project "School Emergency Response to Violence" grants fund education-related services for schools to help them recover from a violent or traumatic event in which learning has been disrupted.
"By increasing funding, we can increase our ability to address the mental health among our precious population: our children," Crow said in a House floor speech.
Since the STEM school shooting, Crow said he's met with several students and their families to discuss ways Congress can help students in a bipartisan manner to cope with crisis. "Common denominators," he said, were expanding health curriculums in schools, grief counseling and helping students, families and staff recover.