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Mental Health Funds Released for Displaced Hurricane Victims in Conn.

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    Mental Health Funds Released for Displaced Hurricane Victims in Conn.
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    AIBONITO, PUERTO RICO - OCTOBER 11: Men gather at a partially destroyed bar three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, on October 11, 2017 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. The area is without running water or grid power as a nightly curfew remains in effect. Despite multiple visits from FEMA, the town has yet to receive any FEMA aid. Only 10.6 percent of Puerto Rico's grid electricity has been restored. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage including most of the electrical, gas and water grid as well as agriculture after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, swept through. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Connecticut is receiving a $750,000 federal grant to provide mental health support to families and especially children who were evacuated from their homes in Puerto Rico and have been living in Connecticut as a result of Hurricane Maria last September. 

    Gov. Dannel Malloy said the Department of Health and Human Services grant will be used at child guidance clinics in Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury and New Britain for services such as outpatient counseling, medication management, and school outreach. 

    The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College estimates that 135,000 people evacuated Puerto Rico to the mainland United States in the first six months after the hurricane and approximately 10 percent of them relocated to Connecticut. 

    The state has been providing housing, education and other assistance to those families.