Roxbury School District receives state grant

Jan. 31—The Roxbury Central School District will receive a state grant to provide students with mental health support.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced in a media release that 50 school districts and BOCES were awarded $100 million, including Roxbury's $231,440, to address pandemic learning loss and provide students with mental health support. The funding will expand student access to evidence-based interventions to combat learning loss and also help staff and students identify and respond to mental health concerns.

"New York is making historic investments to ensure all our students are on the path towards success," Hochul said in the release. "This funding will help our teachers and school staff pinpoint where students have fallen behind and provide students with the crucial resources needed to support their mental health, especially after the pandemic."

Forty school districts, including Roxbury, and BOCES have received the Mental Health Recover from COVID School Program grant that expands and supports practices that promote mental health and wellness, improve capacity for staff and students to identify mental health concerns and increase help-seeking behaviors, and promotes student diversity, equity and inclusion, the release said.

Fifteen school districts and BOCES across the state have received the Learning Loss Recover from COVID School Program grant, the release said. The funding will expand student access to academic recovery professionals to counter learning loss; improve capacity for school staff and students to identify learning loss; implement evidence-based and evidence-informed school-based learning loss and academic recovery practices; and ensure financial stability for school-based academic recovery opportunities.

Hochul announced $100 million was available for school districts through the Learning Loss and Mental Health RECOVS Program last August.

Last summer, the governor hosted the state's first Summit on Youth Mental Health, which brought together state and national experts as well as service providers and stakeholders to discuss the challenges young people face today, the release said. She also directed the state Office of Mental Health and Office of Children and Family Services to conduct a statewide Listening Tour on Youth Mental Health to hear directly from kids across the state about their experiences with mental health care, and how the system can be strengthened.

In this year's State of the State address, Hochul proposed measures that will expand access to services for children, youth and families, the release said. The proposals include establishing school-based mental health clinics for any school that wants one, introducing legislation to limit social media features that are harmful to young people, establishing new Youth Assertive Community Treat teams and expanding loan repayment programs for children's mental health practitioners.