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RELEASE: Representative Sarah Anderson Applauds Mental Health Grants for Local Schools

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

PLYMOUTH, MN – The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently announced 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's schools including Wayzata, Robbinsdale, and Osseo school districts.

The Wayzata Schools provider, Relate Counseling Center, will receive $1,148,550. The Robbinsdale Schools provider, People Incorporated Mental Health Services, will receive $2,052,975. The Osseo Schools provider, The Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being, will receive $805,896. The funding will help with assessment, treatment and care coordination, teacher consultation, and school-wide trainings.

These mental health grants are great news for local schools and the students who will benefit from the increased services they will provide,” said Representative Sarah Anderson. “The grants will help bring struggling students the help they need, allowing them to stay in school and be successful in the classroom. Making further investments in student mental health has been a priority of mine, and I am proud to work on behalf of our students and schools at the Capitol.

Since 2015, Representative Sarah Anderson and her legislative colleagues 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 unfortunately vetoed by the Governor earlier this year.

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