Monroe, Shelton, Stratford Schools Receiving Mental Health Funding

July 2, 2024

Area lawmakers today applauded the release of state funding to support the delivery of mental health programming for students in Monroe, Shelton and Stratford during the summer months over the next two years.

  • Monroe School District is receiving $74,771
  • Shelton School District is receiving $24,480
  • Stratford School District is receiving $85,000

“Thank you to Gov. Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker for their attention to our region’s youth mental health needs,” Sen. Kevin Kelly said. “Increasing access to mental health support services for Connecticut’s children must be our shared goal. Thank you as well to our federal congressional delegation for their ongoing commitment to support mental health care access in our communities.”

State Representative Laura Dancho (R-Stratford) said, “As a longtime advocate for fully funding our Stratford schools, I join the governor and our congressional colleagues in celebrating the prioritization of our local students at the federal level. I am most grateful to see this support directly aid our students, helping them overcome mental health challenges and experience a quality, well-rounded education.”

State Representative Jason Perillo (R-Shelton) said, “As a parent, I applaud the work of our federal and state elected officials in securing this funding for our local students. The national youth mental health crisis has made it more critical for parents and educators to equip our children with the values, experiences, and support they need to confidently navigate the world as they grow. I am eager to see these resources positively serve our youth, teachers, and families throughout Shelton.”

“I’m glad to see the Monroe and Region 9 School Districts have been awarded funded through this grant program,” said Representative Tony Scott. “The mental health needs of our students doesn’t take a summer recess and these services are critical in our communities. This is a good use of APRA funding given the impact of isolation and remote learning during the height of the pandemic.”

The funding was awarded under the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Summer Mental Health Supports Grant program.