MINNETONKA — Two centers in Minnetonka are among the mental health providers in Minnesota to receive money to provide mental health services to more students.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services awarded 57 mental health providers a total of $33 million over three years. This includes $1.148 million to Relate Counseling Center and $1.2 million to St. David’s Center, both located in Minnetonka, an October news release says.
Relate Counseling Center is associated with Minnetonka West Middle School, Minnetonka East Middle School and Minnetonka High School, the release notes. St. David’s Center works with schools in the Hopkins district, including: Alice Smith Elementary, Harley Hopkins Family Center and L.H. Tanglen Elementary.
“School-linked mental health services meet kids where they are at,” Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said in a statement. “These grants will help us provide needed services to those in need, which is good for parents and kids.”
The state’s School-Linked Mental Health Program is touted as an important piece of the mental health services available for children in schools. The program is designed to increase access to these services for children who are uninsured or underinsured, improve outcomes for kids diagnosed with mental health issues, and identify untreated mental health issues in children.
The news release notes these services help kids who have mental illness stay in school and be successful.
The School-Linked Mental Health Program started in 2006 and now serves schools in 83 of 87 counties in the state. During the previous five-year grant period, which ended in June, 15,000 students received mental health services from 953 school programs in 287 school districts statewide, the release said.