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Nevada Receives $8.7M Safe Schools Healthy Students Grant

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From the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services:

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Service's Division of Public and Behavioral Health is one of only 7 states to receive the federal Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant. The award is for $8,677,011 over 4 years ($2,035,011 for the first year and $2,214,000 for each of the next 3 years) and is intended to fund pilot studies which will develop and evaluate the effectiveness of school programs designed to improve behavioral health.

For the first time, the grant was awarded at the state level in order to create linkage on all levels of government, schools and community based coalitions to identify ways to improve behavioral health in three pilot schools.

The sub-grants will be awarded to the Children's Cabinet of Northern Nevada on behalf of the Washoe County School District; the Healthy Communities Coalition on behalf of the Lyon County School District; and the Nye Community Coalition on behalf of the Nye County School District. The funding will initially be used to gather data and conduct research. The next phase is to create and implement plans, and the final phase is to evaluate the effectiveness. Ultimately the goals of the grant are to:  1) Increase the number of children and youth who have access to behavioral health services in the pilot regions; 2) Decrease the number of students who abuse substances; 3) Increase supports for early childhood development; 4) Improve school climates; and 5) Reduce the number of students who are exposed to violence.

If the plans are successful and the pilot groups achieve their goals, the program will be implemented statewide.

"Addressing suicide, substance abuse and unsafe schools is of critical importance and significant need across the Country for school aged children. I am particularly proud to receive this grant for Nevada knowing it will have a positive impact in the lives of our young people – who are our future," said Mike Willden, Director, Department of Health and Human Services.

From the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services

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