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Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 84.184
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), U.S. Department of Education
Aug 5, 2019

Julius Cotton

Earl Myers


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.

High need LEAs may be defined as:

  • At least 20% of the children served are from low-income families
  • Agencies that meet eligibility requirements for funding under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program
  • Agencies that meets eligibility requirements for funding under the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program
  • A high percentage of teachers are not teaching in the academic subject areas or grade levels in which they were trained to teach
  • Has a high teacher turnover rate or a high percentage of teachers with emergency, provisional, or temporary certification or licensure

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

Award ceiling: $500,000
Award floor: $250,000
Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 50
Estimated total program funding: $15,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through The application instructions will be found on the related documents tab.

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

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