Bullitt County Public Schools is piloting with two other participating Kentucky districts a $9 million federal grant to increase awareness of mental health issues among Kentucky students.
Newly hired District Mental Health Coordinator Stephanie Porter will supervise two Licensed Clinical Social Workers and 25 mental health counselors in providing services to students.
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, received the Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE II) grant.
The funding is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Center for Mental Health Services and will provide resources for the implementation of districtwide mental health policies and processes in Bullitt, Henderson and Warren County public school districts. Kentucky is one of only four states receiving the award.
The partnership will work to enhance school mental health supports, provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training, implement trauma-informed practices and generally improve social emotional skills for all students in the districts.
The project will serve 37,556 students annually for five years and impact 375 school administrators, 3,292 school staff and more than 1,000 parents and community members.