Governor Kathy Hochul announces $108 million will be available to school districts to expand the support for mental health. The $100 million recovery from COVID School Program will allow for funding and expand on the programs that set out to support kinds and the trauma that they experienced throughout COVID.
Governor Hochul States “The effects of the pandemic on our students were devastating and irreversible – that’s why we’re making historic investments to address learning loss and expand mental health support in our schools”.
This money will allow for student access to mental health professionals during school hours, improve teaching educators about identifying learning disabilities, and put into action a variety of different academic recovery practices that are culturally, linguistically, and trauma responsive while supporting student diversity, equity, and inclusion. $8.3 million is available for grants to create school-based mental health clinics in areas that are economically disadvantaged.
Hochul hopes to support mental health services and advocate for the children whose education was affected by COVID. Along with making safer environments in the classroom, pushing to improve the standard of mental health help all over the state.