The Florida Department of Education (DOE) is distributing $2 million in CARES Act funding to increase K-12 students’ access to virtual counseling and online psychiatry.
DEO Chancellor Eric Hall says leaders want to make sure there’s no gap in mental health services with more students enrolled in distance learning during the pandemic.
“It helps to give them access to that same level of support and engagement with these professionals using these online platforms, so that there’s no breakdown in service.”
Hall says the department chose counties where 25% or more of the population lacks access to high-speed internet. He says school districts receiving the grants also have a need for more school-based mental health providers.
“We’re helping connect them to the professionals and the interventions that they need regardless of whether they’re in a brick-and-mortar setting or whether they’re choosing to learn in a distance learning model.”
Florida lawmakers allocated