- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A U.S. senator says the Federal Emergency Management will provide Louisiana with $6.8 million to fund crisis counseling for flood victims.

Sen. David Vitter’s office announced the grant in a news release Wednesday. The release says the money is for counseling, education and development of coping skills. The state will be responsible for distributing the money from FEMA’s Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program.

Program funds generally go to community-based shelters, community centers and churches. In some cases, in-person services are made available at survivors’ homes.

Earlier this week, FEMA announced funding for free crisis counseling for storm-affected children, administered by the state health department.

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