Sept 30, 2019, Michigan Live: $4.5 million grant for mental health support aims to prevent youth violence https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/2019/09/45-million-grant-for-mental-health-support-aims-to-prevent-youth-violence.html MUSKEGON, MI – A new five-year, $4.5 million grant is expected to bring five new behavior systems coaches to Muskegon County schools to offer mental health support for students. The grant is designed to help prevent youth violence and the impact of violence in communities, according to a news release from the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District…. The MAISD, which serves 11 public school districts in Muskegon County, was one of about 20 educational organizations chosen from across the United States to earn the Project Prevent grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Locally known as “Project SAFE: A MYalliance Collaborative,” the effort will reinforce students’ positive behaviors and improve their social, emotional, and behavioral skills, according to the release…. Five behavior systems coaches will be hired to increase the organization’s capacity to reach all students in Muskegon County over the next five years. “All of our schools will be invited to participate,” Severson said…. According to Severson, these collaborative efforts, in partnership with organizations such as Hackley Community Care and HealthWest, have increased the number of behavioral clinicians inside schools from three to 23 in the last three years….
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