Lt. Gov. Coleman joined students and local educational leaders to announce federal funding that will increase access to school-based mental health services for over 100,000 students

Louisville, KY – According to the state officials, the U.S. Department of Education selected two educational cooperatives that applied for funding.

The Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services (NKCES) will receive $13,263,481 over five years, and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) will receive $5,281,577 over five years.

NKCES will use the funding to increase the number of school-based mental health service providers and the number of students receiving school-based mental health services by hiring 10 providers in the first year and 20 in succeeding years.

This will impact over 65,000 students in Northern Kentucky.

OVEC will use the funds to help alleviate the shortage of mental health professionals serving K-12 students for several school districts in north-central Kentucky by recruiting and hiring 12 new certified school counselors.

The 12 chosen candidates will be distributed among 10 districts. This will impact over 47,000 K-12 students in Northern Central Kentucky.

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