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Michigan gets nearly $13 million in federal grants to help improve students' health, safety

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LANSING, Michigan — Michigan has been awarded nearly $13 million in federal grants to help improve students' health and safety, officials said.

The state is getting more than $1.9 million per year for five years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It's in part to help increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth.

"It's significant that we've been awarded these funds that will go directly into Michigan schools to provide for a healthier and safer climate for student learning," state Superintendent Mike Flanagan said in a statement. "Every Michigan student deserves the opportunity for a quality education in a safe and healthy environment."

Funding was recently announced by the Michigan Department of Education, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health. Those involved include the Michigan Department of Human Services, Kent Intermediate School District, Jackson Intermediate School District and Oakland Schools.

Community Health Director Nick Lyon said the funding will help in efforts to "improve mental health understanding in our communities and reduce the stigmas associated with mental illness."

The grant will provide funding to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth. It also will provide training for school workers and other adults who interact with children to detect and respond to mental health issues in children and young adults.

The state also is getting $640,000 per year for five years from the U.S. Department of Education's School Climate Transformation grant. As many as 90 school districts are expected to benefit from that grant, which will fund implementation of positive behavioral support and interventions.

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