Kent State College of Public Health Receives Grant for Mental Health Training in Medina County Schools

Kent State University’s College of Public Health has received a $375,000 grant that will be used to provide mental health awareness training to personnel in Medina County public schools.

Professor Deric Kenne


The three-year grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will enable the college’s Center for Public Policy and Health to collaborate with Medina County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board to provide the training. The partnership recently was featured in an article in the Medina Gazette.


Deric Keene, associate professor and associate director of the Division of Mental Health & Substance Use at the Center for Public Policy & Health, said Medina County was selected for the grant because his department “already had some connections in that community and knew that there was a need for mental health training in the schools.”


School districts receiving training are Black River, Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland, Medina city, Medina County Career Center and Wadsworth.


To read more about the partnership, visit





POSTED: Friday, January 11, 2019 - 3:32pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 4:43pm
Lisa Abraham