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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Rep. Congressman Andy Harris Announces Justice Department Grant for School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training

October 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: The U.S. Department of Justice issued a grant to the Maryland Department of Education for $333,333 to support programs relating to School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training. The program provides: (1) training for school personnel and educating students to prevent student violence; (2) development and operation of anonymous reporting systems concerning threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites; and (3) development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams that may include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel. In addition, the program may fund specialized training for school officials in intervening and responding to individuals with mental health issues who may impact school safety.

Funding for this program will support the improvement of school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize and respond quickly to violent attacks, mitigate risk exposure, and prevent acts of violence. The funds will further support the development of threat assessment and crisis intervention teams and anonymous reporting systems, designed to identify threats before they materialize, including those that originate from individuals with mental health issues; and for the training of students, school personnel and local law enforcement officers necessary to partner together in preventing violent events from happening.

Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) made the following statement regarding the grant award:

“As a member of the Committee on Appropriations, I am pleased to announce this Justice Department grant that will help support mental health training and prevention of school violence in Maryland schools. We need to provide schools with the resources needed to keep our children safe. I am proud to help educators and students better recognize, respond to, and prevent acts of violence. These funds will also help school personnel partner with local law enforcement, and as a physician, I particularly support efforts to identify and treat threats from individuals with mental health issues.”