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FY22 Budget Testimony: DBH

June 4, 2021

Children’s Law Center Senior Policy Attorney Tami Weerasingha-Cote testified before the DC Council’s Committee on Health to urge the Committee to ensure the Department of Behavioral Health’s budget includes $841,000 for expansion of the School-Based Mental Health program to all remaining DC public schools and $4 million to restore funding for community-based organizations back to FY20 levels. These investments are critical — Year after year, CLC testifies that many of the children we work with — children in the foster care system or receiving special education services — only need our services because their mental health needs have gone unaddressed. As many DC students prepare to return to in-person learning this fall, it is essential that they have access to the behavioral health services they need to address trauma and thrive.

Read the full testimony here.

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