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North Dakota Behavioral Health Awards Grand Forks Public Schools with Grant

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For Immediate Release                                                                   

December 21, 2020

North Dakota Behavioral Health Awards Grand Forks Public Schools with Grant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Human Services – Behavioral Health Division has awarded Grand Forks Public Schools with a $135,304.38 grant.

This grant will support a number of social-emotional intervention and prevention programs that support the school system’s strategic plan. Programming includes bibliotherapy, Sources of Strength, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Bounce Back intervention services, Calm Classroom, Panorama Education's Social-Emotional Learning platform, and staff professional development.

“We are thankful to the North Dakota Department of Behavioral Health for awarding this grant funding to the Grand Forks Public Schools,” said Geoff Gaukler, mental health coordinator. “These programs will help our educators provide additional support for our students and we look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have on our students, especially during these challenging times.”

Bibliotherapy is a therapeutic approach that utilizes books and literature, typically alongside traditional therapy, to support mental health.

Sources of Strength is a best practice youth suicide prevention program designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse.

CBITS is a skills-based, child group intervention that focuses on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and general anxiety among children exposed to multiple forms of trauma.

Bounce Back is a school-based group intervention for elementary-aged students exposed to stressful and traumatic events.

Calm Classroom utilizes trauma-informed mindfulness techniques in order to support mental and emotional well-being in schools.

Panorama Education helps educators and school leaders measure and understand students' social-emotional learning skills.  It also provides school-based mental health professionals with a comprehensive social-emotional assessment of students' needs.

The grant application was written by Gaukler and Taunya Schleicher, grant writer.