(Beaver Dam) Several Dodge County-area schools were awarded grants through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for mental health needs. Beaver Dam, Horicon and Waupun join 117 other districts that will split $6.5-million dollars in combined funding from the School-Based Mental Health Services Grants Program. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor says these grants will help students in every region of the state from small to large districts and all will benefit from mental health services they would not otherwise receive. According to the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey results, more than four in ten students had a mental health need over the previous year. Taylor says these funds will help those children. Following passage of the new state budget which doubled the program’s funding, an additional 54 schools were awarded grant funding. Taylor says the original pool of applicants greatly exceeded the support available at the time. The School-Based Mental Health Services Grants Program offers a wide-variety of services that include connecting students and families with community mental health providers and training educators to prevent and mitigate the impacts of traumatic exposure on youth. Beaver Dam is receiving just over $60-thousand dollars, Horicon is getting $72-thousand and Waupun is slated to pick-up $27-and-half-thousand dollars.