Forest Lake Community Partnership Project receives mental health grant

Community Editor

Forest Lake Area Schools, in partnership with the Lakes Center for Youth & Families, received a $48,636 grant on April 13 to support a project related to school-based mental health. The purpose of the grant is to reach out to students in grades 9 to 12 at Forest Lake Area High School and the Alternative Learning Center who may need counseling and assistance on issues related to mental health, and possibly advice on what a healthy lifestyle and mindset looks like.

The project is expected to help serve 50 to 80 students whose families are either uninsured or underinsured and are not able to pay the copay for mental health services that they need.
Goals of the program include bridging a partnership in order to remove barriers by offering mental health counseling and support on site at FLAHS and the ALC; training district staff, administrators, and others about mental health issues affecting youth and families; and offering no-cost, on-site mental health counseling and group therapy sessions to students in grades 9 to 12 at FLAHS and the ALC who are uninsured, underinsured or low income.
Forest Lake Area Schools and Lakes Center for Youth & Families are supported in this initiative and grant from the Anoka County Children and Family Council by the Forest Lake Area Mental Health Services Coalition members: Canvas Health, Therapeutic Services Agency, Washington County Public Health, Anoka County Children’s Mental Health, North Lakes Academy, and the National Alliance for Mental Health.

The grant goes into effect in August of 2017 and is good for one year, although the partnership can reapply each year to receive the grant.