Mental health training will be provided to hundreds of educators and thousands of students in DuPage County over the next three years as part of an ongoing effort to prevent school violence.

The DuPage Regional Office of Education recently was awarded a three-year $400,000 federal grant from the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. To qualify for the grant money, the county agreed to provide a funding match of $133,000.

Regional Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti said the money will be used to fund the “DuPage Trauma Informed Schools Initiative,” which will train teachers and students through a “comprehensive trauma-informed” care approach that focuses on prevention of school violence due to unmet mental health needs.

“This is an opportunity to help more kids,” Ruscitti said.

SOURCE (Daily Herald and Robert Sanchez) >> CONTINUE READING