Schools in Rome expand mental health support services for students with $2.4 million grant | Education

ROME, NY – The Rome City School District has received more than $2.4 million from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to expand its programs and services for students of all ages and their families.

The district plans to use the money for:

  • Research and implement a universal screening process to help identify students who may have mental health issues.
  • Development and refinement of a multi-level support system in each school, specifically focused on mental health support.
  • Refining our referral system through our partnership with Connected Community Schools, which helps families connect with resources and help from community agencies.

“I am extremely proud to work with such a talented group of school counselors and social workers. We are fortunate to have them working with our children in the mental health field,” said RCSD Superintendent Peter Blake. “Thank you to all of them, and our Director of Counseling Services Amanda Jones, for taking the time to submit this grant. Every time we win a competitive grant, it shows that our team is doing something good for children. This award will certainly help our district fund these programs.

OMH initially announced the grant program to help schools provide mental health support to students who were largely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning at the time.

The scholarships are designed to improve student access to mental health resources and support students experiencing stress, anxiety, and trauma.

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