WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Bulk Whip Penis Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Agent Danny Davis (D-IL-07) today revealed the awarding of 2 federal grants amounting to $7.2 million to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Chicago Public Schools for increasing trainee psychological health and trauma-informed care services in schools throughout the state. These grants were granted by the Drug abuse and Mental Health Solutions Administration (SAMHSA) through the Job AWARE (Advancing Health and Strength in Education) program.
” Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, kids throughout America dealt with a severe psychological health crisis,” stated Durbin. ” The injury that a lot of trainees deal with– consisting of from seeing violence in our neighborhoods– can hurt their health and scholastic success. Broadening psychological health services in schools throughout Illinois will assist trainees manage their psychological scars and empower them to flourish. I have actually made it a top priority to increase financing for these programs to guarantee kids in requirement have access to resources that can assist put them on a course towards success.”
” Thus a lot of us, youths throughout our state and nation need extra psychological health resources to assist them handle the consequences of an unthinkable pandemic and a series of historic occasions while likewise browsing their every day lives,” stated Duckworth. ” Due to the fact that of this, there’s an increased requirement for trauma-informed, community-based and equity-centered treatment and service. I’m happy that the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will assist supply them and their households with access to psychological health assistance that they are worthy of.”
” Injury amongst school kids is among the most important problems affecting youth in America,” stated Davis. ” As a public law, we state something requires to be done about it. These grants will go a long method to supply psychological health services and trauma-informed care services in schools.”
Job conscious offers competitive grants developed to determine kids and youth in requirement of psychological health services, boost access to psychological health treatment, and promote psychological health literacy amongst instructors and school workers. ISBE and CPS will utilize these funds to train instructors and other school workers on psychological health awareness and how to link school-aged youth to required services. Other activities might consist of school-based psychological health and health care and the execution of evidence-based psychological health interventions.
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which Durbin, Duckworth, and Davis supported, offers more than $3 billion in appropriations for school and community-based psychological health and trauma-informed care. Durbin protected an extra $250 million in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act for community-based violence efforts, consisting of enhancing psychological health gain access to.
Last July, Durbin sent out a letter to Illinois education leaders highlighting the federal funds protected through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act for psychological health services.