Federal funds secured for Falls PD

Brian Higgins

A federal grant will help the Niagara Falls City School District provide mental health services to its students.

U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo/Niagara Falls, announced Monday that the public school system will receive nearly $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education over the next five years.

The funds will be devoted to:

• Additional mental health resources in the schools.

• An increase in community and family outreach services.

• Training for teachers to help them identify mental health needs early.

• An expansion of the the "pipeline of mental health professionals into the school setting to reduce shortages."

A press conference announcing the allocation will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

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