Almost $300,000 worth of new funding from the Michigan Department of Education will allow several northern Michigan school districts to better address student’s mental health.
The money will allow Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to bring additional mental health providers to school districts in Charlevoix, Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Harbor Springs and Ellsworth.
The ISD has partnered with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to make this happen.
It is also partnering with Alcona Health Center to expand their mental health services for the public schools of Petoskey.
This will include adding two full-time mental health therapists at the elementary schools.
“Mental health is really important because we recognize the connection between mental and physical health,” Public Schools of Petoskey Superintendent Chris Parker said. “If you don’t have all those other things to worry about you are much more available to do some really high level thinking, problem solving and communicating, which is what we are really trying to do with our young learners today.”
The new services will be in place and available at the beginning of the new year.
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