A new $ 2.7 million public program has been created to help Connecticut higher education institutions improve their mental health services.
Announced Wednesday, the Connecticut Campus mental health program aims to tackle mental health issues exasperated by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences for the mental health of college and university students which, if left unchecked, could have significant long-term ramifications for their overall well-being,” said the Governor Ned Lamont in a press release Wednesday.
âThis funding is an important step in ensuring that our higher education institutions are equipped to provide all the support possible to needy students after a stressful school year,â he continued.
Officials say the program will provide “evidence-based” strategies to improve student care, strengthen education and awareness of available mental health services, and provide staff and students with training on how to support students with mental illnesses, as well as those from a minority or underserved background.
The program is expected to benefit more than 130,000 undergraduate students at 28 colleges and universities across the state.
“Due to the tremendous impact of the pandemic on students, we have seen a dramatic increase in the need for mental health resources on our campus,” New Haven University President Steven Kaplan said in a statement. communicated.
“As we continue to respond to this pressing problem, it is essential that we provide all of our students – the future leaders of our state – with the support and resources they need to thrive and excel,” he said. declared.
The program grants will be administered by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Governor’s Office.
Applications will be open to all nonprofit undergraduate institutions with an endowment per student of less than $ 100,000, according to the governor’s office. Institutions receiving grants will be required to describe their use of funds, including how the grants are equitably distributed to benefit minority, under-represented or disadvantaged student populations.
For more information on the Connecticut Campus Mental Health Program, visit the Office of Higher Education website.