Doug McCrory


Doug McCrory



August 9, 2023

Senator McCrory Welcomes $724,739.48 In Local School Mental Health Specialist Support In District In Next Three Years

Today, State Senator Doug McCrory (D-Hartford) welcomed the state’s announcement that $724,739.48 in state support will be released to schools in the 2nd Senate District to support the hiring and retention of school mental health specialists for the 2024, 2025 and 2026 school years. These grants were spurred by the passage of key legislation passed in 2022 by Senate Democrats, supporting youth mental health amid increasing reports of challenges students face today.

“Encouraging our kids to talk about their mental health will help them on the road to recovery,” said Sen. McCrory. “Increasing access to mental health specialists in schools can help alleviate the lack of resources a child may need. This funding makes the opportunity possible for every child to receive care they may need while at school.”

“Every child deserves essential support for behavioral health services, and through the release of these grants we are able to assist more school districts in hiring mental health workers,” Governor Lamont said. “Making these resources available in schools is a way we can easily and directly connect children and teens with the support they require.”

The following school systems will receive mental health support funds for the 2024 through 2026 school years, with the values representing the total amounts provided in that time:

Bloomfield, $238,739.48; Jumoke Academy, $324,000; Windsor Locks, $162,000.