Tennessee gov revives K-12 mental health trust fund push
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.