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State Grant Will Expand Mental Health Services For At-Risk Kids In Santa Barbara County Schools

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A state grant is going to fund the expansion of mental health services in Santa Barbara County’s schools.

The $4 million dollar grant will be used by the Santa Barbara County Education Office and the county’s 20 school districts to help kids in crisis.

There will be a special focus on aid for students who identify as LGBTQ, students who have been suspended or expelled, and foster youth.

The four-year program will including having mental health experts available to help children and their families.  The funding from a state commission will also pay for what’s known as Mental Health First Aid training for teachers and school staff.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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