Worcester Public Schools to Receive $110k Grant for Behavioral & Mental Health Services

by | Apr 19, 2019 | Headlines, News

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WORCESTER – Worcester Public Schools [WPS] is one of 55 school districts in Massachusetts to receive funding to implement activities to provide students access to behavioral and mental health services.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education [DESE], Worcester will receive a $110,000 grant of the more than $5 million allotted throughout districts across the state. 

The grant funding will be divided into two categories — Category A of the grant will be used to support efforts related to: contracting with licensed community-based providers; improving coordination with community based-services and community-based providers to improve connections for students and establish more comprehensive continuums of care; and increasing opportunities for related professional development for school staff, including on how to identify students in need of behavioral and mental health support. Category B of the grant will support participation in state-offered professional development provided by DESE and its partners.

Worcester will receive $1,633 this fiscal year for Category A and another $98,367 for Category A in FY20. Category B funding will be in the amount of $10,000. 

Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School in Worcester also received $35,407 in funding for these services.

Grant awards range from $12,637 to $311,150.

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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]