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Scanlan family makes historic gift to UI College of Education


The University of Iowa College of Education has announced the largest gift in its 175-year history, $15 million from the Scanlan Family Foundation. The gift will rename the Iowa Center for School Mental Health  to the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health, pending approval from the Board of Regents, and expand mental health services for schools and veterans in Iowa and across the country in collaboration with the Belin-Blank Center. “This transformational gift from the Scanlan Family Foundation builds on the great work of the Belin-Blank Center, and strengthens the Iowa Center for School Mental Health’s clinical services and programs that support mental health needs,” said College of Education Dean Dan Clay in a news release. “This gift will focus on serving schools and the needs of veterans, those serving in the military, and their families. We know military families often need additional support around mental health and well-being.” The purpose of the Iowa Center for School Mental Health is to provide social, emotional, behavioral and psychological services to schools “not only to aid in COVID-19 recovery, but to build capacity for immediate and future delivery of mental health supports across the state,” according to the release. “Many people, and especially our youth in Iowa and across the country, are struggling with mental health issues,” Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan, a Des Moines native, and Patrick Scanlan said in a prepared statement. “Our family foundation recognizes the extraordinary work at the University of Iowa and wants to help scale those efforts to help more people.” Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the Iowa Center for School Mental Health in 2021 and the Iowa Department of Education dedicated $20 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to support the center.

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