The Oakland County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve a plan to provide $10.1 million in grants to public schools across the county to help fund mental health assistance for students.
The county is allocating grants from the $28 million it received in federal COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act funds.
Several school commissioners and heads of schools in the region held a press conference to give details of the plan on Wednesday June 22. Commissioners are expected to vote on the plan on Thursday, June 23.
Grants can be used for:
- Additional Mental Health Professionals in Schools
- Training for faculty and administrators to identify students in need of mental health intervention services
- Programming to improve the social and emotional needs of students,
- Increase capacity for school-based mental health screenings or assessments
County Deputy Superintendent Sean Carlson, also a member of the Huron Valley Schools Board of Education, told the news conference that there is a “desperate need” for mental health services in schools.
“It shows a real commitment to mental health,” he said, putting mental wellbeing on equal footing with physical health.
“This is the largest county-school district partnership in the state,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman David Woodward. “It comes from a place of love and compassion.”
The council will create an ad hoc committee made up of two commissioners from the majority party, one from the minority party and two representatives to be appointed by the county executive.
The ad hoc committee will develop the grant application, set a deadline, review the applications, and recommend the applications for approval by the full board.