Governor Hochul Announces $108 Million Available for Schools to Address Pandemic Learning Loss and Support Mental Health

Establishes the Recover from COVID School Program Grants

$100 Million to Create or Expand Programs to Help Students Address Trauma from COVID-19 Pandemic

$8.3 Million to Create and Support New School-Based Mental Health Clinics

Advances Governor’s State of the State Priority to Expand Mental Health Support

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $108 million is available for school districts to support student well-being through expanding mental health supports. The new State matching fund, the $100 million Recover from COVID School Program, will provide funding to create or expand programs to help students address trauma caused by the pandemic, prioritizing school districts with the highest need. Additionally, a portion of the $100 million Recover from COVID School Program is available to address student learning loss exacerbated by the pandemic. Governor Hochul is also expanding school-based mental health clinics across the state through an $8.3 million investment within her historic $1 billion mental health plan. Today’s announcement of funding advances one of Governor Hochul’s State of the State priorities to expand mental health support for students and school staff.

“The effects of the pandemic on our students were devastating and irreversible – that’s why we’re making historic investments to address learning loss and expand mental health support in our schools,” Governor Hochul said. “By pinpointing where students have fallen behind and getting them the mental health resources they need, this funding will help put New York students back on the path towards success.”

Individual school districts or BOCES, a consortium of school districts or BOCES, or any combination of these entities may apply for the Mental Health Recover from COVID School Program (RECOVS) Grant and the Learning Loss RECOVS Grant. A total of $100 million in funding is available to support these RECOVS grants. Read More >>

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