Warren, Bullitt and Henderson awarded grant to improve mental health services in schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced Thursday, the award of a $9 million federal grant to increase awareness of mental health issues among Kentucky students across the state and in three pilot school districts.

Bullitt, Henderson and Warren County public school districts were chosen for the pilot project funding for district-wide mental health policies and processes for implementation.

Kentucky is one of only four states receiving the award.

“The mental health and wellness of Kentucky’s students is critically important,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis. “This grant will provide support for planning and programming aimed at increasing awareness and providing needed training and services to support the healthy development of students.”

The partnership will work to enhance school mental health supports, provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training, implement trauma informed practices and generally improve social emotional skills for all students in the districts. The project will serve 37,556 students annually for 5 years and impact 375 school administrators, 3292 school staff, and over 1000 parents and community members.

Additional information is available at Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

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