The School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network (SBHSN) is awarding COVID-19 Student Support Recovery Grants to implement telehealth and on-campus mental health services for students impacted by short- and long-term school closures and educational disruption.
Program goals are to promote a collaborative and integrated approach between the education and healthcare communities to ensure students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally in pandemic-created home-learning settings and when returning to in-school learning. Grants awarded directly to school districts support student service activities on campus. Other components of the program include coordination with licensed mental health professionals using telehealth technology and placement of mental health professionals in schools once students return, with SBHSN paying for those services directly to the mental health providers.
Eligible applicants are public, charter, and private schools, as well as local education agencies and charter school management companies in the United States. A school district may request funding for up to 10 schools. Participating schools must meet all criteria for indications of student need, including at least 70 percent of students receiving free or reduced-priced lunch.
Other requirements relate to unexcused absences, chronic behavior issues, signs of social-emotional issues (i.e., anxiety and depression), suspected trauma/abuse, and need for mental health counseling. The application form is available to access from the website. Complete applications are submitted via the online system and reviewed as they are received.
An anticipated 25 awards will be made for the 2021-2022 school year, with possibly more depending on the number of smaller school districts that apply.
Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award: Grants up to $250,000 over 5 years are awarded, with up to $50,000 per year, based on up to $5,000 per school for 10 schools. (Other funds are awarded directly to mental health professionals for services to the partner school district through the grant program.)
Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the 2021-2022 school year until awards are expended.
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