Sen. Glowiak Hilton

OAKBROOK TERRACE – State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton announced more than $1.2 million was awarded to local organizations through the Illinois Department of Public Health to support post-pandemic child and adolescent mental health.

“Throughout the last few decades, we have seen a significant increase in young people dealing with mental health struggles,” said Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs). “The COVID pandemic enhanced and intensified mental health issues. This vital funding will allow our schools to strengthen and improve mental health services for our children.”

The grants – funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and additional state funding – are intended to help schools and local agencies improve student care through workforce enhancements, frameworks to prevent adverse childhood experiences, interventions to assist children suffering from trauma, and training for medical and school staff to expand adolescent mental health resources.

The following school districts in the 23rd District will receive additional funding:

  • DuPage High School District 88 – $249,000
  • Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 – $249,000
  • Marquardt School District 15 – $249,000
  • Salt Creek School District 48 – $249,000
  • School District 45 – $249,000

“Our schools and educators are working endlessly to combat the mental health crisis,” said Glowiak Hilton. “This funding signals that the state believes mental health is as important as our residents’ physical well-being. We need to continue to strive to optimize children’s educational opportunities while providing them the tools to be healthy.”

Over $9 million was awarded to 40 applicants across the state through this round of funding. For more information about the grant recipients, click here.