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Wayne schools get $2.5 million to expand mental health services

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $2.5 million to expand mental health services in five Wayne County school districts under a five-year demonstration project.

Congressman John Katko, R-24 of Camilus, and Sodus Central School District Superintendent Nelson Kise announced the funding Wednesday.

Besides Sodus, the demonstration project also includes the Lyons, Newark, North-Rose Wolcott and Clyde-Savannah school districts, and Katko said it’s designed “to bolster on-site mental health services with an emphasis on prevention as part of the Mental Health Service Professionals Demonstration Program.”

The school districts are among 27 nationwide sharing $11 million in funding from the Department of Education. The goal, said the department, is “to support innovative partnerships to train and deploy school-based mental health service providers in schools. The purpose is to expand the pipeline of high-quality, trained professionals to address shortages of mental health services in high-need schools and to provide supports that encompass social and emotional learning, mental wellness, resilience, and positive connections between students and adults.”

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