Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program

Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), U.S. Department of Education
Nov 3, 2022

Julius Cotton
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Tawanda Avery
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The Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program provides funding to support and demonstrate innovative partnerships to train school-based mental health services providers for employment in high need schools and local educational agencies (LEAs).

Applicants must propose a school-based mental health partnership established for the purpose of placing graduate students of university academic programs in school-based mental health fields into schools served by the participating high-need LEAs to complete required field work, credit hours, internships, or related training as applicable for the degree, license, or credential program of each student.

Rural high need LEAs include:


Eligible applicants are high need LEAs and State Educational Agencies on behalf of one or more high need LEAs. Applicants must propose to work in partnership with an eligible institution of higher education.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Estimated award range: $400,000 – $1,200,000

Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 250
Estimated total program funding: $143,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Tagged as: 
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Children and youth · Health workforce education and training · Mental health · Schools

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