Grant for Kids Health 14 Jan 12

A new grant initiative will help make mental health services more readily available to young children and their families in greater Minnesota.

The $450,000 grant, awarded to Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, was announced Thursday.

Through the initiative, counseling services will be provided to children under age 5 who are uninsured or underinsured and living in the 13-county region, including Kandiyohi, Renville, Meeker, and McLeod Counties (as well as Swift, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Douglas, Grant, Stevens, Pope and Traverse counties.)

According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, 5 percent of preschool children have serious emotional issues that can persist and seriously affect a child’s ability to function at home and in school.

Through its initiative, LSS will reach out to provide culturally specific and developmentally appropriate services to these and other young children who need counseling support.