Hawaii schools awarded grants for mental health

Hawaii schools awarded grants for mental health

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Department of Education has been awarded nearly $13 million in federal grants to promote safety and address mental health issues.

The department says the funds will be spent over five years in the Nanakuli-Waianae and Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua complex areas on Oahu and the Kau-Keaau-Pahoa complex on the Big Island.

The grants will be used to help increase awareness of mental health issues, enhance early intervention systems and connect children and families with services.

The grants are part of the White House's "Now is the Time" initiative to keep schools safer and increase access to mental health programs.

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