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CISNT awarded grant to address mental health

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Communities In Schools of North Texas Site Coordinator, Breanna Slaughter-Simpson (center).

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has awarded Communities In Schools of North Texas (CISNT) with a grant of $316,783 over three years to continue and enhance their work within the mental health field as it relates to keeping youth in school and on track for graduation.

Approximately 175,000 Texas children suffer from mental health needs homelessness. Without intervention, over half of these students will face numerous barriers to success in education including dropping out of school.

As the nation’s largest, evidence-based dropout prevention program, Communities In Schools staff are on the front lines of education, equipping and empowering students to be successful in school and beyond.

With support and funding from the Hogg Foundation, CISNT will be able to increase focus on the growing mental health needs of North Texas students.

CISNT will be adding a Mental Health Coordinator to their team to provide services and coordinate education events in the community. CISNT also looks forward to providing training and education
opportunities to school staff, parents, and community members regarding mental health awareness and resources.

“Mental Health support is a significant need for many of our students in North Texas. Through our partnership with the Hogg Foundation and local school districts, we will be able to delve deeper into mental health support as we continue to empower students to succeed in school,” commented Ann Pape, Chief Executive Officer of CISNT.

Kathy Duke, CISNT Board President, voiced her enthusiasm, saying “we are thrilled to have the opportunity to equip students to overcome mental health barriers and to have the tools and resources necessary to make and achieve educational and life goals.”

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