NORTH MANKATO, MN (KEYC) -  U.S. Senator Tina Smith is introducing a bill that will help schools connect students with mental health care.

The bill calls for $1 billion of grant money over a five-year period. Those grants would be used to provide local school districts with funding to partner with mental health providers.

Sen. Smith said, "Local school districts and their communities can come together and figure out what's going to work for them. There isn't sort of a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach, which I don't think would work. What might work in Mankato or St. Peter is going to be very different from what is going to be effective in Winona or Marshall."

When Smith proposed the bill, she also opened up about her personal experiences with depression.

"I was so blessed to be able to get help so that I could get better and I want to make sure that everybody has that same opportunity. It seems just completely wrong to me that people's access to mental health services should depend on what school they go to or what zip code they live in," she said.

Smith also says she hopes to get bipartisan support for the measure, but so far only Democrats in the Senate are in favor.

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