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MN officials okay $4.9M in mental health services for intermediate school districts

Nov 26, 2018, Coon Rapids (MN) Sun Post: State will give $4.9 M in mental health grants to intermediate school districts https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_post/free/state-will-give-m-in-mental-health-grants-to-intermediate/article_adac6e5e-f1b1-11e8-b5bb-cf35d0a1370a.html State officials on Nov. 20 visited North Education Center in New Hope to announce $4.9 million in mental health grants to intermediate school districts. This funding helps specialized school districts provide mental health services to children, including those who have experienced trauma. … Minnesota has four intermediate districts that serve more than 20,000 students annually from member school districts, including Intermediate District 287 based in Plymouth. “With many kids coping with trauma, these grants will be a big help to Minnesota families,” said Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. “Too many kids fall through the cracks, and we want to make sure they get the care they need. We know the need is great, but we also know we have opportunities to really make a difference in their lives.” The goal is to improve clinical outcomes for students, helping them return to their home school districts, reversing the disproportionate impact on students of color, and providing support and training for school staff and parents. Teachers partner with mental health staff to provide early childhood special education and mental health programs, and families have access to monthly parent/child/family psychoeducational trainings. Supported initiatives include psychotherapy and psychiatric services, substance use disorder recovery services, case management, day treatment, and consultation and coordination. …