Posted Date: 08/03/2021
If all goes as planned, three Wyoming school districts will soon have the means to establish virtual mental health counseling for their students. Experts say it could be a first step toward addressing a climbing teen suicide rate in a state where many cities and towns lack mental health providers.
The Wyoming Department of Education has applied for a federal grant that would provide $9 million over five years for school districts in Evanston, Rock Springs and Rawlins to pilot a teletherapy program.
The money would come from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which the education department already works with to deploy a separate grant that helps certain districts provide in-person counseling with their local providers.