Feb 13, 2023 - News
Polk County to launch daycare, scholarships for mental health workers
Polk County has allocated nearly all the $95.2 million it received under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in 2021.
- The money must be spent by the end of 2026.
By the numbers: About $25 million helped make up for county government pandemic losses.
- The rest was mostly allocated to affordable housing ($21.2M), programs to improve economic stability among families ($10.6M), water quality initiatives ($13.3M) and mental health programs ($9.1M).
Zoom in: Last week's grants focused largely on mental health programs, including:
- $1.8 million to establish a mental health tuition reimbursement and scholarship initiative.
- $1 million to help ChildServe construct a neurobehavioral clinic in DSM.
- $600,000 to Link Associates to launch an on-site and low-cost daycare for the children of safety net providers, an effort to address worker shortages.
Of note: The news comes about a week after the state forfeited millions in federal emergency housing funds.
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