PARIS, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – Paris Union School District 95 received two grants from the Department of Justice.

The grants total $587,027 and will be used to bring additional safety measures and training to schools. This includes training of staff in mental health, the installation of additional security systems and the hiring of additional mental health personnel.

Paris 95 has tripled its mental health staff over the last year and offers full time counseling services for students through phone services and an online reporting system for safety concerns.

Last summer, all Paris 95 staff were trained and certified in Mental Health First Aid. They’ve also conducted safety audits led by certified national school safety experts and have completed ALICE training.