BVSD receives $125,000 Kaiser Permanente grant for mental health

Jun. 30—Kaiser Permanente is awarding a two-year, $125,000 grant to the Boulder Valley School District to bolster ongoing efforts to increase mental health among teachers, staff, students and their families following the recent Marshall Fire.

The grant will help the district expand an existing Kaiser Permanente initiative called Resilience in School Environments, or RISE. The program provides emotional support and trauma-informed training to staff members, who then help other staff members and students.

The grant will extend support for staff members, students and families who are experiencing traumatic stress following the Marshall Fire.

"The program's focus on strengthening the social emotional health of teachers and providing them with the tools they need to better support students is innovative and has been critically important during our recent crises," Boulder Valley Superintendent Rob Anderson wrote in a press release.