San Antonio Area Schools to Receive $2.7M for Additional Mental Health Services

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Two area schools will soon receive funds for additional metal health services.

Senator John Cornyn’s office sent out a release Tuesday morning to announce The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and the Karnes City Independent School District have been awarded grants totaling more than $2.7 million.

The money will be used to train school counselors, social workers, psychologists, or other mental health professionals qualified to provide school-based mental health services.

UIW will receive $1,059,759, while Karnes City ISD is being awarded $1,685,068.

The funds come from the U.S. Department of Education’s Mental Health Service Professionals Demonstration Program. The program was authorized by Sen. Cornyn’s Bipartisan Safer Communities Act which was signed into law in June of 2022.

Senator Cornyn issued the following statement when announcing the funding:

“No parent should fear for the safety of their student when they drop them off at school, and no student should be afraid when they walk into the classroom. In the aftermath of the tragedy in Uvalde, I’m grateful that meaningful solutions are starting to be delivered through this funding to prevent violence, provide training to school personnel and students, and hire additional mental health counselors in Texas schools.”

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