NJ allocates millions in COVID relief funds to college students' mental health services

Thursday, December 01, 2022

New Jersey’s public colleges and research universities can apply for some of the $15 million allocated for mental health services by the state as students continue to face rising rates of suicide and depression — a trend widely believed to have worsened during the pandemic.

The funds come from the American Rescue Plan and are also available to independent colleges that receive state aid, said the Murphy administration. The plan provided the third and largest distribution of COVID-19 relief funds to states in 2021 to address the pandemic’s setbacks. In New Jersey, another $10 million from the fund will be used to set up free statewide telehealth counseling services available to all college students.

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