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Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell and New York State Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo teamed up with La Valle in securing the 5,000 in grant funding for the North Fork.
About two years ago, New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele and he joined with a group of professionals from across the South Fork to work toward providing a network of available services for the community, La Valle said.
"Last year, recognizing the growing need to help schools confront mental health issues, I, along with Assemblymen Palumbo and Thiele, convened a group of North Fork school leaders, government officials from all levels, local hospitals and regional counseling services to discuss how best to develop a structure and plan to support our young people struggling with mental health disorders, anxiety, depression and addiction," La Valle said.
Surveys of school communities taken last September revealed strong support for mental health services.
"Nine out of 10 New Yorkers think public schools should provide mental health services for students who do not have access to such services," according to a poll taken by Phi Delta Kappa International last year, the release said.
A mental health clinic close to home can help provide immediate support and would be a "wonderful thing, comforting to parents," he said.