Doug McCrory

STATE SENATOR

Doug McCrory

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July 2, 2024

Senator Doug McCrory Celebrates State Funding for Summer Camp Mental Health Programs

Today, Senator Doug McCrory, D-Hartford, welcomed the release of over $174,000 in state grants to support summer camps providing mental health services to students over the next two summers.

The State Department of Education awarded the grants under its Summer Mental Health Supports Grant program, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

“When school is out, many students lack the social connection and structured activities they need,” Senator McCrory, co-chair of the Education Committee, said. “These grants play a vital role in supporting the mental health of our youth by ensuring they have access to needed services during the summer. Through collaboration with local organizations, we are creating a strong foundation of care for our children. My thanks go out to Governor Lamont and the State Department of Education for their steadfast support of Hartford kids.”

The Summer Mental Health Supports Grant program partners school districts with summer program providers and youth camp operators to deliver mental health programming to students during the summer vacation months. The funding announced Thursday represents the third of three rounds of grants under the program.

“The need for mental health services for our youth continues year-round, and by enhancing existing programs and creating new initiatives tailored to their needs, we are investing in the future success and well-being of Connecticut’s youth,” Governor Lamont said. “The collaboration between school districts, summer camps, and mental health professionals is key to this effort, ensuring that our students receive the necessary support during these critical periods.”

“By partnering with schools, camps, and community-based programs, we are ensuring that mental health services are available year-round,” Commissioner Russell-Tucker said. “This investment further extends the availability of social, emotional, and mental health supports during the summer through new community partners with innovative initiatives and programming to support students wherever they are spending time this summer.”

The recipients of the grants are as follows:

  • Hartford School District, Hartford: $72,287.40
  • Hartford Stage Company, Hartford: $17,000.00
  • Hartford’s Camp Courant, Hartford: $84,999.42
Contact: Hugh McQuaid | Hugh.McQuaid@cga.ct.gov | 860-634-4651
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