- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The state department of education has received $9.1 million in federal grant funds to help address mental health issues in school-age children.

The grant is set to run for five years, with $1.8 million to be distributed annually.

Todd Brocious is an education specialist with the department.

He says the money will go toward districtwide training in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Kenai, aimed at early intervention. It also will help provide more resources at alternative schools in those districts. Brocious says that includes additional staff to work with students.

Brocious says states were limited to three districts in their applications and there were population size requirements. He says the department also looked at the concentration of alternative schools in deciding what districts it would focus on.

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