WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on Friday applauded the U.S. Department of Education announcement of more than $188 million from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to increase access to school-based mental health services and strengthen the pipeline of providers.

“Our kids spend most of their week in the classroom, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that teachers are often the first to notice something is wrong. Schools need the resources to both identify students in crisis and help connect them to the right services, but we also need to address the serious shortage of providers who specialize in pediatric mental health. These federal dollars from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will help us accomplish both,” said Murphy.

A one-pager on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is available here.