Norm Needleman

STATE SENATOR

Norm Needleman

DEPUTY PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

COMMON-SENSE SOLUTIONS

June 27, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe O’Leary | Joe.OLeary@cga.ct.gov | 508-479-4969

June 27, 2024

SENATOR NEEDLEMAN HIGHLIGHTS PORTLAND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH GRANT

Today, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) highlighted the announced $18,428 in mental health support programming grant funding that will be used to support Portland youth over the next two years. Portland’s school district will receive the funding.

“Mental health support is valuable year-round and I’m encouraged by this continued focus on its importance for youth,” said Sen. Needleman. “I’m grateful to Governor Lamont and the Department of Education for their support.”

The grant, awarded under the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Summer Mental Health Supports Grant program, will utilize American Rescue Plan Act funding and provide resources for mental health supports in school programs over the summer this year and in 2025.

This will allow the school district to provide students with the supports they need year-round, especially important as some may only be able to access mental health aid during the school year.

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