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Schools to get funding for mental health

Posted: 5:23 PM, Sep 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-20 19:21:38-04

More than 65 schools and school districts in Wisconsin will receive nearly 4 million dollars for mental health improvements.

Attorney General Brad Schimel says nearly 70 schools and districts will get $3.9 million from the second round of the school safety grant program, an initiative that aims to protect the well-being of students and staff.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is allocating 48 million dollars that is divided in two rounds. Round one, which started in the spring, focuses on updating security to schools to make the buildings safer. Round two aims to bolster students’ mental health by providing counseling services and training teachers in mental awareness.

Joanne Metzen, the Director of People Services for the Manitowoc Public School District, says the grant money will help provide a safer and stronger learning environment for the community. She says they have used $290,000 from round one of the grant money

She also says the money has been used on new locks and security cameras for the district.