Michigan getting $2M for mental health efforts


LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Education is getting more than $2 million to help teachers identify early signs of mental illness in schools and improve access to mental health services.

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced the federal funding today. They say one goal is to improve school safety.

The money is through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Safe Schools/Healthy Students program.

The state Department of Education plans develop and implement programs and strategies to reduce violence in schools, increase access to behavioral health services and increase support for early childhood development and substance abuse programs.