Jan 9, 2023 3:40 AM
On Friday, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Markley announced that four school districts in Oregon will receive a combined total of $10,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to hire additional licensed mental health providers over the next five years. announced that it will receive approximately $20 million in competitive grants.
“Oregon students, teachers and counselors tell us how important school-based mental health services are to young people facing challenges at home and in the classroom,” said Wyden. services have reached breaking point.” While Wyden is happy to see investments in school districts in Douglas, Jackson and Multnomah counties, he needs more providers statewide and nationally. said.
“Mental health care is essential health care, especially for school-aged children, so we introduced the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act to put more providers in schools,” Merkley said. states that children’s success in the classroom is about more than just test scores. A program that provides social and emotional support to all students.
The U.S. Department of Education’s School-Based Mental Health Grants Program is aimed at recruiting and retaining school-based mental health service providers and promoting diversity and cultural/linguistic competence among providers, according to a release from a senator. Provide funding for improvement. The grant allocation is as follows:
*$6,808,215 to Douglas Educational Services District
*$2,649,732 to Jackson County 4th School District
*$5,538,155 to 1J School District Multnomah County
*Corbett School District 39 to $4,918,177
The release included words of appreciation from each district.
Douglas ESD Superintendent Analia Nicholson said: Improved services will have a positive impact on students, families, staff and communities. ”
Full release linked: https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/wyden-merkley-nearly-20-million-to-oregon-school-districts-to-hire-more -mental-medical provider