LIBERTY — Liberty Public Schools, one of many schools in the Northland to receive funding, received a $900,000 grant from the Clay County Children Services Fund. The district will use funds to contract with Synergy Services and Tri-County Mental Health Services to provide consistent mental health services to students.

“There will be some permanent locations,” Superintendent Jeremy Tucker said. Some elementary schools, determined by need, will keep a counselor location on site while all students in all schools will have access to services.

“It’s about an hour a session,” Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services Beth Heide said. Each session is measured as a unit, she explained. “Right now I have 5,971 units that they can provide or they are projecting to serve.”

About 800 units, Heide said, will be for community case management, meaning the family of a student can receive services on nights and weekends.

Of grant funding, Synergy Services has been contracted for $250,375 and Tri-County has been contracted for $371,000. After these contracts are fulfilled, the grant will have a remaining balance of $278,125.

“I’m really excited about this program,” Liberty Board of Education member AJ Byrd said. “We’ve been assessing kids’ physical health for years ... we need to do something for mental health. It’s a real positive step.”

Both contracts were approved unanimously at the board’s last regular meeting, Dec. 18.

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