Portland State University receives $6M for school mental health program

As part of the the Mental Health Service Professionals Demonstration Program, Portland State University will train 500 individuals and serve an estimated 75,000 students.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Portland State University nearly $6 million to fund a program to address mental health needs in Oregon and Washington schools.

The Mental Health Service Professionals Demonstration Program was created to tackle a shortage of social workers at schools considered to be in high need of resources. As part of the program, university students will receive community-specific training and a $10,000 stipend to work at seven specified school districts.