Mena School District has been awarded funds from the competitive Stronger Connections Grant to provide an onsite mental health therapist for students in need of services in fifth through twelfth grades. As a part of the Safe and Healthy Schools program the grant assists schools who are experiencing high rates of absenteeism as well as high poverty by focusing on strengthening school safety, positive relationships, and community building. The therapist will provide counseling services to individual students and groups as well as training for staff. Student referrals for counseling include parent engagement and the onsite services allow school teams to engage with the therapist in creating plans that can support students in the classroom and in the social environment. Congratulations to Mena School District in receiving this grant award! The district is seeking qualified applicants for the upcoming school year who can serve the school community in this capacity.