Two grants to ad­dress trauma in Bal­ti­more

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION & WORLD -

The Bal­ti­more City Health De­part­ment has re­ceived a $5 mil­lion fed­eral grant to help fam­i­lies in West Bal­ti­more deal with the trau­matic af­fects of liv­ing with vi­o­lence. The five-year grant will be used to set up pro­grams in Sand­town-Winch­ester, Penn North and Up­ton/Druid Heights that will in­clude men­tor­ing, yoga and other mind­ful­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, youth de­vel­op­ment and heal­ing cir­cles. The ac­tiv­i­ties will cen­ter around trauma-in­formed care, which takes into ac­counts the way peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ences af­fect be­hav­ior and health. The money was awarded by the Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Re­siliency in Com­mu­ni­ties Af­ter Stress and Trauma pro­gram. West Bal­ti­more is one of the most vi­o­lent areas of the city and was home to Fred­die Gray, who died in April 2015 af­ter suf­fer­ing a spinal in­jury in po­lice cus­tody, prompt­ing protests and a night of ri­ots. The Bal­ti­more school sys­tem will re­ceive a $2.3 mil­lion fed­eral grant to help stu­dents re­cover from trauma fol­low­ing the un­rest af­ter Gray’s death. The U.S. De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced Thurs­day that Bal­ti­more was one of three dis­tricts — along with St. Louis and Chicago — to re­ceive a fed­eral Pro­mot­ing Stu­dent Re­silience grant. The grant was cre­ated for dis­tricts to start pro­grams for stu­dents who have ex­pe­ri­enced trauma fol­low­ing demon­stra­tions of mass protests or civil un­rest, the de­part­ment said. City school of­fi­cials said the district will ex­pand its men­tal health ser­vices.

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