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Madison School District Receives $4 Million Mental Health Grant


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REXBURG – Madison School District has learned they’ve been awarded a four year, $4 million dollar mental health expansion grant.

This grant will allow the district to expand programs, services and supports that were established by an existing six-year mental health cooperative agreement through the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.

The expansion grant had an extensive application process which the district began pursing in March 2015. Receiving this award will allow Madison to continue many programs and supports that have been implemented or established under Madison CARES. Some of these include:

• Parents As Teachers
• Dolly Parton Imagination Library
• Youth Activity Group
• Social Cats (in select elementary schools)
• Child Assistance Teams in all surrounding schools (CAT Teams)
• Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports in all surrounding schools (PBIS)
• Clinical services such as Wraparound and Case Management
• Social Inclusion Campaigns in all surrounding schools (Gotch’er Back, 100%
Original-No Label Needed, etc.)
• Community Events (Celebrate Youth, Community Wellness Fair, Block Parties, etc.)
• Dino-School (early childhood therapeutic playgroup)
• Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings
• Free parenting courses, three times a year
• Autism Parent Support Group
• Parent Support Group

As part of this expansion grant, Madison Cares and Madison School District will continue to build upon these programs within our schools, community and families. They also will begin to expand these programs regionally.

“It is very rewarding to know we can continue serving our most vulnerable children, youth and families in our schools and community,” Superintendent Geoff Thomas said. “We feel grateful to have another four years to work on sustaining these programs within our district.”