Tennessee governor revives K-12 mental health trust fund push

Mar 30, 2021

Credit cdc.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is reviving a proposal to put $250 million into a trust fund that would help expand mental health services for school-aged children.

The Republican announced the plan Monday at a news conference alongside fellow GOP leaders in the Legislature.

Lee proposed the idea in early 2020, but removed it and other items from his budget plan when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

The state plans to seek private donations for the new reserve and will use investment earnings from the fund to funnel into more mental health offerings.