Talbot County Public Schools planning to expand mental health services for staff, students
TALBOT COUNTY, Md. – Talbot County Public Schools will be expanding their mental health services for students and staff. That’s to a large grant from the state’s Department of Education. Superintendent Dr. Kelly Griffith says the $1.5 million Maryland Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education grant will help fund extra training for staff on mental health issues “It’s a framework that’s not only looking at mental health, but also social, emotional needs of students. I can’t think of a better year than this year to get this started,” said Dr. Griffith.
Dr. Griffith adds that they’ll also be able to hire a program manager to help guide the programming and coordinate with mental health organizations. The superintendent tells 47BC that this grant couldn’t have come at a better time, as students’ and staff’s mental health is a top priority amid the pandemic. “When you go to educate children you need to make sure their mental health needs are met. You need to be there. They may be there physically, but if they’re not there mentally and emotionally, they’re not going to be able to learn all that they could possibly learn,” said Dr. Griffith.
Dr. Griffith says the school district has applied for the Maryland Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education before, but did not get it. So she says she’s excited about this new opportunity. “There’s been a lot of uncertainty and not a lot of normalcy. So we really believe that this is definitely going to help us as we move forward,” said Dr. Griffith.
The superintedent adds that they’re hoping to start the mental health services expansion this summer.