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RELEASE: Rep. Sandy Layman Applauds Mental Health Grants for Local Schools

Friday, October 26, 2018

COHASSET, MN – The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently announced that it is awarding $33 million in school-linked mental health grants over three years to fifty-seven mental health providers across the state. This funding will bring mental health services to more than half of Minnesota schools including schools in Grand Rapids, Deer River, Greenway, Northland Community, Pine River-Backus and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley school districts. The funding will help with assessment, treatment and care coordination, teacher consultation, and school-wide trainings.

I am pleased to see that schools in our communities will be receiving more mental health services,” said Rep. Layman, R-Cohasset, who helped pass the legislation to provide additional funding for the grants. “Addressing student mental health and helping children who are struggling are priorities at the Capitol, and these mental health grants are an important part of our efforts in this area. I am proud to have supported these grants in the legislature, and will continue to support future measures to address student mental health and help our kids be successful in the classroom.

Since 2015, House Republicans have more than doubled the funding for school-linked mental health grants from $5 million to $11 million annually. They also supported an additional $5 million annually as part of a comprehensive schools safety package that was vetoed by the governor earlier this year.

A full list of recipients for the school-linked mental health grants can be found here.

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