WASHINGTON (WTNH) — The Connecticut Congressional delegation has awarded nearly $375,000 to teachers to help increase their awareness and training when it comes to the mental health of children in schools.
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), along with U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced that the money comes as a part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) “Now is the Time” Project AWARE-Community grant program. It’s purpose is to help teachers and others who come in contact with youth at the community level.
“We’re very pleased to see this grant money go to three great Connecticut organizations dedicated to building a more responsive mental health system in Connecticut,” the delegation said. “Too many children with mental health needs do not get the timely, quality care they deserve and ultimately half of those with psychiatric diagnoses drop out of school. For the most affluent country in the world, that is unacceptable and we have an obligation to fix it. This funding will address signs of mental illness among children and make our communities a more compassionate place for kids to grow and learn.”
Plainville-based Wheeler Clinic will also receive a grant from the program. They have been given $125,000 to help serve the mental health needs of those in Hartford and Middlesex Counties.
The Mental Health Association of Connecticut will receive $125,000 to serve resident of Litchfield County, and Education Connection will receive $124,998 to serve those in Northwest Connecticut.
Earlier this year, Murphy, Blumenthal, and Esty introduced legislation to provide teachers with various tools and extra training they need to support the social and emotional learning of their students.