Newtown to receive $7.1 million crime victim grant

Newtown (AP) — Newtown is receiving a $7.1 million federal grant to provide new mental health services, including longer-term counseling, for families, law enforcement, first responders and others affected by the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation on announced Tuesday the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime.

The funding will also help reimburse ongoing mental health services and fund school safety efforts.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, whose district includes Newtown, says the community deserves "sustained counseling."

Last year, Newtown received a $1.5 million grant from the same federal office. Also, the Newtown Public Schools District received $3.2 million through the U.S. Department of Education's School Emergency Response to Violence program in 2013 and 2014.

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