Jan Hochadel

State Senator

Jan Hochadel

Deputy Majority Leader


June 27, 2024

Senator Hochadel Applauds State Funding for Summer Camp Mental Health Programs

Senator Jan Hochadel, D-Meriden, welcomed Thursday the release of an $85,000 state grant awarded to the Middletown School District to support summer camps providing mental health services to students.

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

“As a teacher, I understand firsthand how the summer break can disrupt the continuity of important support services for our students,” Senator Jan Hochadel said. “This grant is crucial for ensuring that mental health services are seamlessly integrated into our summer programs, providing a supportive and enriching environment that helps students continue to thrive outside the traditional school year. I want to thank Governor Lamont and the Department of Education for their continued support and commitment to the mental well-being of our students.”

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 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.”

Contact: Hugh McQuaid | Hugh.McQuaid@cga.ct.gov | 860-634-4651