Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grants


In 2019, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $11 million in Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration grants to 27 State education agencies and school districts. This grant program supports innovative partnerships to train and deploy school-based mental health service providers in schools. The purpose is to expand the pipeline of high-quality, trained professionals to address shortages of mental health services in high-need schools and to provide supports that encompass social and emotional learning, mental wellness, resilience, and positive connections between students and adults.

Focus of the FY 2019 Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Program

Funded local educational agencies offer schools: 

  1. social-emotional and mental wellness learning;
  2. effective resilience efforts in the aftermath of a crisis;
  3. school-based mental health services for high-need public elementary schools and secondary schools with shortages of school-based mental health service providers; and
  4. opportunities to place graduate students of IHEs 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.

FY 2019 Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grantees

Below is a list of the 27 Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration (MHSP) grantees, by State. More information on the MHSP grantees can be found on NCSSLE's State pages. Read more information about the MHSP grants, here, or access a particular State page below to learn more.


  • Peoria Unified School District


  • Del Norte County Office of Education
  • Eureka City Schools
  • New Vision Middle School
  • Pasadena Unified School District
  • Tulare County Office of Education


  • Broward County Public Schools
  • School Board of St. Lucie County, St. Lucie Public Schools


  • Chicago Public Schools (CPS) - Board of Education of the City of Chicago


  • Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation


  • Green Hills Area Education Agency (GHAEA)


  • Corbin Independent Schools


  • Louisiana Department of Education


  • Prince George's County Board of Education


  • Montana Office of Public Instruction


  • Educational Service Unit #2

New Jersey

  • Newark Board of Education
  • Pennsauken Public Schools

New York

  • John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School
  • Sodus Central School District
  • Niagara Falls City School District

North Carolina

  • Ashe County School District
  • Public Schools of Robeson County
  • Rockingham County Schools


  • Osage County Interlocal Cooperative


  • Education Service Center Region 15


  • Virginia Department of Education


"In Session" Podcast Episodes

In Session is an education-centered podcast where we speak with changemakers working towards safe supportive learning environments within their communities. Listen to podcast episodes featuring Mental Health Service Professional grant recipients to learn more about their work:

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