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Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) received a grant in the amount of $500,000 from The Harold Simmons Foundation to support CISDR’s Safer Students, Stronger Schools Campaign (4S).

This half-million dollar grant will be used for the expansion of the organization’s mental health services across school districts, hiring additional site coordinators, and growing the Crisis Intervention Team. This expansion allows for more kids to receive the mental health services and assistance they need at this critical time.

“The demand for our mental health services has never been greater, and in fact, it continues to grow. COVID has certainly amplified the needs of our students, and it’s going to be an uphill battle until we have more feet on the ground supporting our kids,” says Adam Powell, President and CEO of CISDR. “It’s with the tremendous help and generosity of The Harold Simmons Foundation that we are able to grow our team and begin partnerships with schools of significant need.”

CISDR’s 4S Campaign has plans to expand by hiring an additional 40 site coordinators over the next three years, double the number of team members on their Crisis Intervention Team, and grow the endowment to ensure that students in Dallas can always receive the mental health support they need and deserve.

“We are proud to support the work of Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region,” says Lisa K. Simmons of The Harold Simmons Foundation. “We’re particularly excited about their expansion into regions of high need. We believe it’s crucial that kids have access to the mental health and other support services that CIS site coordinators bring to our kids on school campuses.”