Rhode Island recorded 132 deaths by suicide in 2013, the highest ever. Since then, the rate has trended moderately downward.
Grant to aid training, counseling in schools
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island has received a $9-million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to pay for mental and behavioral health services for students.
The proposal was submitted by the state Department of Education and the Department of Children, Youth and Families. It will allow the two agencies to improve and expand services in Providence, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket schools.
Gov. Gina Raimondo also said she has directed the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to provide trauma counseling at various locations throughout Providence while schools are closed Monday through Wednesday for the Jewish holidays and primary elections day.
The five-year grant will provide $1.8 million annually. The Department of Education and the DCYF will work with the school districts and with community partners to increase awareness of mental health issues, provide training for school personnel, and connect students and families with the mental and behavioral health services they need.