The Community Health Council of Lebanon County was awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to address the mental health of students in three local districts.

The Support for Student Mental Health Needs grants were available to propose programming and other services to address youth mental health needs that have become apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Mental health is a top priority identified in every recent community health needs assessment we have for our community,” said Community Health Council executive director Nikki Maurer Gray in a press release.

The funding will be used to serve school communities in the Annville-Cleona, Cornwall-Lebanon, and Northern Lebanon school districts.

The Community Health Council will partner with Compeer, Domestic Violence Intervention, Empower the Mind, and WellSpan Philhaven to provide the programming, which will include direct support such as individual and group counseling, as well as preventative trainings and introductory workshops.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to ramp up these supports for our local youth at a time when waitlists to see therapists and counselors are growing,” said Community Health Council board president Vicki DeLoatch in a press release about the grant.

Families in participating school districts will learn more about the programs as they are rolled out during the school year.

For more information about the Community Health Council of Lebanon County, visit the organization’s website.

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