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RELEASE: Rep. Barb Haley Applauds Mental Health Grants for Local Schools

Monday, October 22, 2018

RED WING, 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 Cannon Falls, Goodhue, Red Wing, Lake City and Wabasha-Kellogg school districts. The funding will help with assessment, treatment and care coordination, teacher consultation, and school-wide trainings.

Addressing student mental health has been one of my top priorities in the legislature, and it is great to see that schools in our area will be receiving more mental health services,” said Rep. Haley, R-Red Wing. “It is a privilege to work on behalf of our students and schools, and I will continue to lead on the important issues in education surrounding mental health, school safety, skills training and workforce development.

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. Rep. Haley chief authored legislation in the package to increase and equalize Safe Schools Revenue to allow school districts of all sizes to prioritize school safety.

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