CHA News Article

State and Local School Districts Receive $48M for Mental Health First Aid Training

120 state and local educational agencies nationwide – including 15 in California – have received grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to participate in a major national initiative to support teachers, schools and communities in recognizing and responding to mental health concerns among youth. The agencies, school districts and departments will use the funding to train teachers, school staff and other community members in Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour course that teaches people to identify the signs of mental illnesses and addictions, how to provide initial help and how to connect individuals in crisis with appropriate care. The awardees were announced as part of $99 million in HHS grants, which also included funding to train new mental health providers and to increase access to mental health services for youth.

Awardees in California include:

California State Department of Education, Sacramento

$1,949,926

Stockton Unified School District, Stockton

$100,000

Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena

$100,000

Mendocino County Office of Education, Ukiah

$99,820

Baldwin Park Unified School District, Baldwin Park

$100,000

ABC Unified School District, Cerritos

$99,225

Montebello Unified School District, Montebello

$100,000

Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa

$99,936

El Rancho Unified School District, Pico Rivera

$100,000

Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles

$100,000

Charter Schools of San Diego, San Diego

$100,000

Napa County Office of Education, Napa

$100,000

Monterey County Office of Education, Salinas

$100,000

San Bernardino County Sup./Schools, San Bernardino

$100,000

Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Bakersfield

$100,000

To see the full list of grant awardees, visit http://beta.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/fy14-grant-awards-nitt.pdf.

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