The Education Dept. awards $5 million in Promoting Student Resilience (PSR) (CFDA Number: 84.184C) grants to St. Louis, Baltimore and Chicago school districts to promote student resilience following significant trauma related to episodes of civil unrest in their communities.
PSR grants provide funding to school districts or a consortia to establish school-based mental-health, counseling and behavioral programs for students who have experienced trauma because of demonstrations of mass protest/civil unrest. Funding helps school districts create, strengthen, and maintain safe and supportive learning environments.
“Violence tears at the fabric of a school community, and the long-term effects can be devastating,” said DoEd Secy. John King. “The Department of Education is committed to addressing the mental health and social support needs of students who are impacted, directly or indirectly, by traumatic events in their communities.”
St. Louis received an award totaling $1,445,884; Baltimore received $2,374,000, and Chicago received $1,274,909. The grants support system-wide approaches linking schools, mental health service providers, and community-based organizations to address the comprehensive educational, behavioral, and mental health needs of youth.
- St. Louis Public Schools will use its funding to implement trauma-focused programs in 18 district elementary schools; six north St. Louis County schools located in the St. Louis Promise Zone, which encompasses Ferguson, Missouri and surrounding communities; and six nonpublic schools in the city of St. Louis. The project will be coordinated in partnership with Project CATALYST, a grant received under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ReCAST funding initiative, and with Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis.
- Baltimore City Public Schools will collaborate with community-based organizations to expand its capacity to effectively address the behavioral and mental health needs of students affected by trauma. The district will employ full-time mental health professionals at 13 focus schools most affected by trauma related to recent civil unrest. In addition, city schools will provide professional development to school-based staff, community-based providers, parents and students on how to screen for and respond to civil unrest-related and other trauma.
- Board of Education—City of Chicago will implement the Healing Trauma Together (HTT) program, expanding district capacity to meet behavioral and mental health needs of students attending 10 high schools in communities facing violence and civil unrest. This program helps students recover from traumatic exposure to violence and civil unrest. It also improves mental health in high-need communities and creates safe and supportive learning environments for student learning and engagement. HTT will be coordinated with the Chicago Department of Public Health grant received under the SAMHSA ReCAST program.
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