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Maine-AWARE could bring more mental health resources to schools

$5.5 million dollars in funding could give Maine schools the tools to focus more on mental health.
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CALAIS, Maine (AP) — Maine is developing a new framework to assist with student mental health needs through collaboration between providers of education and health.

The Maine Department of Education says the initiative is called Maine-AWARE, which stands for Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education. The department says it has received a $5.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services toward the project.

The education department says the initiative is designed to help schools and communities focus resources on the students and families who need them the most. It says the project will also attempt to develop school-level support services.

Three school systems will serve as pilot sites for the initiative. They are the Calais School Department and a pair of regional school units.