FCPS Receives $13 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Education to Support Student Mental Health

January 24, 2023

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has awarded the first year of a five-year grant to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for $13.5 million to support a School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Services Grant project. The goal of the SBMH Services Grant program is to increase the number of credentialed mental health service providers delivering school-based mental health services to students with demonstrated need. 

FCPS’ SBMH Services Grant project will focus on enhancing the division’s recruitment and retention practices for mental health professionals, including school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers. Project activities include offering monetary incentives for recruitment, retention, internships, internship supervision, and professional development opportunities that will support hiring and retaining highly qualified mental health service providers within FCPS.  

These grant-funded activities will significantly enhance FCPS’ efforts to address the social and emotional needs of every student and support their healthy development and educational success. 

For more information, contact Mike Axler at [email protected].