Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Funding For Camden City Board Of Enducation School Based Youth Services

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Funding For Camden City Board Of Enducation School Based Youth Services

Washington - Today, US Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced that Camden City Board of Education has received $389,200 in funds over two years as part of the U.S. Department of Education Grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems Program. The purpose of this program is to increase student access to quality mental health care by developing innovative programs to integrate local school and mental health systems. These funds will help the implementation of a project proposed by Camden City public schools earlier this year to enhance access to mental health services to students district-wide.

"Our youth is our future, and we need to ensure they have the health and support structure necessary to develop and reach their potential," said Menendez. "This investment in the mental health of Camden's students will help ensure that children and adolescents vulnerable to mental health conditions, as well as their parents, have access to the valuable services and resources."

"This grant will help provide Camden's students with better access to mental health care services," said Lautenberg. "Providing this assistance will help our students achieve in the classroom and make the most of their education."

To achieve the goal of expanded mental health services, partners in the education and health system will collaborate to ensure the design and implementation of detailed protocols that facilitate the referral and coordination process with community-based mental health service providers. These resources will also be used to strengthen the capacity of schools personnel and student family members to identify the signs of mental health problems, make referrals, connect students with appropriate services, as well as promote students healthy development. Training will also be provided to mental health providers to strengthen their planning and implementation skills in the prevention and treatment to address student needs.