Sixteen million dollars is available to fund students in higher education schools suffering from mental health challenges. The money is given to schools based on enrollment, and can be used to pay for treatment. It does not appear that yeshivos, even accredited, can apply for the money.
The Murphy Administration today announced the grants from the $55 million American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars available in the NJ Fiscal Year 2023 budget. The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) will administer these grants to fund mental health initiatives at New Jersey public and public-mission independent institutions of higher education that receive State operating aid. LNN is investigating whether the funding can be shared with private schools.
According to Murphy’s office, $15 million will be distributed to eligible institutions of higher education for the creation of community partnerships that will allow the institutions to increase capacity to meet the mental health needs of students. Institutions are encouraged to partner with local, state, or national organizations to deliver services tailored to the unique needs of their student populations. To ensure a fair and equitable distribution, this funding will be allocated to eligible institutions based on a formula composed of two parts: 1) a flat dollar amount awarded to all institutions in the sector based on the sector’s percentage share of the state’s overall student enrollment; and 2) the institution’s total student enrollment.
The remaining $1 million will be directed towards professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to build competencies and increase engagement with student bodies. Each eligible institution can apply for up to a maximum of $21,739 for this purpose.
OSHE will also use an additional $10 million in ARP funds to establish a statewide telehealth program. This program, which is estimated to launch early next year, will increase the accessibility of mental health services for all New Jersey higher education students through virtual services available on and off campus.
Applications will be due by 5:00 pm on January 31, 2023, with an anticipated release of grant dollars early next year. Questions regarding the mental health grants can be directed to [email protected]