Governor Laura Kelly today announced that Kansas has received $9 million in funding from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address the behavioral health needs of nearly 40,000 students in the southeast part of the state. The funding will be spread out over five years and will be administered through the Department of Pediatrics at KU School of Medicine to fund KanAWARE, a coalition of state and nonprofit organizations that works to address student behavioral health needs in the southeast Kansas corridor. With this grant, KanAWARE will integrate school-based community health workers into its behavioral health support system for students and families in need.