beach_and_pier_-_2200x270_-_with_npr_and_cal_lu_1.jpg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Local News
From Ventura to San Luis Obispo, from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria, KCLU's in-depth, thoughtful coverage of all the news that matter to you.

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

MENTALHEALTHTWO_0.JPEG

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.