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.