Monroe schools receive mental health funding

Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker announced the release of more than $2 million in grants for 36 school districts and summer camp programs across Connecticut that will be used to support the delivery of mental health programming for students during the summer months over the next two years.

In a press release, Republican lawmakers applauded the release of the funding for students in Monroe, Shelton and Stratford. Among them were State Sen. Kevin Kelly and State Rep. Tony Scott, who represent Monroe.

The funding was awarded under the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Summer Mental Health Supports Grant program.

  • Monroe School District is receiving $74,771
  • Shelton School District is receiving $24,480
  • Stratford School District is receiving $85,000

“Thank you to Gov. Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker for their attention to our region’s youth mental health needs,” said Kelly, R-21st. “Increasing access to mental health support services for Connecticut’s children must be our shared goal. Thank you as well to our federal congressional delegation for their ongoing commitment to support mental health care access in our communities.

“I’m glad to see the Monroe and Region 9 School Districts have been awarded funded through this grant program,” said Scott, R-112th.The mental health needs of our students doesn’t take a summer recess and these services are critical in our communities. This is a good use of APRA funding given the impact of isolation and remote learning during the height of the pandemic.”

State Rep. Laura Dancho, R-Stratford, said, “As a longtime advocate for fully funding our Stratford schools, I join the governor and our congressional colleagues in celebrating the prioritization of our local students at the federal level. I am most grateful to see this support directly aid our students, helping them overcome mental health challenges and experience a quality, well-rounded education.”

State Rep. Jason Perillo, R-Shelton, said, “As a parent, I applaud the work of our federal and state elected officials in securing this funding for our local students. The national youth mental health crisis has made it more critical for parents and educators to equip our children with the values, experiences, and support they need to confidently navigate the world as they grow. I am eager to see these resources positively serve our youth, teachers, and families throughout Shelton.”

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