Back to Class: Student Mental Health in the Post-Pandemic Era
By Dr. Kecia Ray and Susan Gentz, K20Connect


How can your district use new funding streams to promote student mental health?

Download our Back to Class: Student Mental Health in the Post-Pandemic Era report to learn more about how to access and use new education funding. Now is the time to be bold with these funds to ensure that any student who needs help has access to it.

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Meet the Authors


Dr. Kecia Ray

Dr. Kecia Ray

The owner and principal of K20Connect, Dr. Kecia Ray is a strategic thinker and a proven leader in K-12 transformation. Dr. Ray was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, a top 10 EdTech Leader by Tech and Learning, and a Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest.

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Susan Gentz

Susan Gentz

Susan Gentz is a partner at K20Connect, a consulting consortium of experts focused on education leadership, technology, and policy. Susan comes from a strong policy background as a former staffer in the United States Senate and Legislative Aide in the Iowa House of Representatives.

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$1.65 billion

for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant program



$600 million

for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs)



$50 million

for various suicide prevention programs



$50 million

for Project AWARE



$240 million

in emergency grants to states