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More children's mental health resources available in schools this summer

This summer, public schools will have extra resources to support Minnesota’s children with mental health needs connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Tim Walz’s summer learning plan includes a one-time allocation of $6.1 million for School-Linked Mental Health grants in public schools. The funding will support more than 8,000 students in over 1,100 schools across Minnesota this summer.

The state is committed to supporting students’ mental health, including children and youth from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. The additional summer funding will ensure that more students can receive evidence-based services from highly trained professionals, free of barriers including lack of insurance.

Not all children have adequate resources to access treatment and support. Untreated mental health conditions can become a significant barrier to learning and education success. School-linked mental health programs are one of the most effective ways to reach children who have never accessed mental health services, enabling students to be successful in family life, school and work.

For more information contact your local school, provider, and/or local social services office to find these services.


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