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Grand Forks School System Receives $ 106,000 Grant for Behavioral Health Programs

The Grand Forks Public School System received a grant of $ 106,843 from the state Department of Social Services to support behavioral health needs and services throughout the school district.

The grant, awarded by the department’s behavioral health division, will fund a number of socio-emotional intervention and prevention programs that align with the school system’s strategic plan to develop a comprehensive mental health system in district level.

Programming will include short-term psychological support services for students and employees, mental health literacy, comprehensive school system counseling program support, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and the Sources of Strength program funding.

CBITS is a skills-based children’s group intervention that focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and general anxiety in children exposed to multiple forms of trauma.

Sources of Strength is a best practice youth suicide prevention program aimed at harnessing the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, with the goal of preventing suicide, bullying and bullying. substance addiction. The program is offered at all Grand Forks public schools.

“We thank the Behavioral Health Division of the North Dakota Department of Social Services for making this grant available to Grand Forks Public Schools,” Geoff Gaukler, mental health coordinator for the school district, said in a statement. Press.

“Our goal is to support the overall well-being of our staff and students,” said Gaukler, “and while the past two years have certainly been accompanied by challenges, this funding supports a number of programs and projects. ‘initiatives that promote positive mental health. “

The grant application was written by Gaukler and Taunya Schleicher, the school district grant writer.

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