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Grand Forks Public Schools Awarded Behavioral Health Grant

News Release        

For Immediate Release

November 30, 2021

Grand Forks Public Schools Awarded Behavioral Health Grant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Human Services – Behavioral Health Division has awarded Grand Forks Public Schools with a $106,843 grant.

The funds are designated to support behavioral health needs and services within the school system. The grant will support a number of social-emotional intervention and prevention programs that align with the school system’s strategic plan in the area of developing a comprehensive school district mental health system.

Programming will include short-term counseling support services for students and/or employees, mental health literacy, support for the school system’s comprehensive counseling program, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) intervention, and funding for the Sources of Strength program.

CBITS is a skills-based, child group intervention that focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and general anxiety among children exposed to multiple forms of trauma.

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. The program is currently offered in all schools.

“We are thankful to the North Dakota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Division for awarding this grant funding to the Grand Forks Public Schools,” said Geoff Gaukler, mental health coordinator at Grand Forks Public Schools. “Our goal is to support our staff and students' overall well-being and while the past couple years have certainly come with challenges, this funding supports a number of programs and initiatives that promote positive mental health.”

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