New York commits $4M to multilingual, minority students pursuing mental health degrees

The New York State Office of Mental Health, in a partnership with colleges throughout the state, will use $4 million in federal funding to support underrepresented students pursuing mental health degrees.

The funding will support minority and multilingual students at 16 State University of New York and 18 City University of New York campuses.

"Lack of diversity remains a lingering problem in the mental health field, and that deficit only leads to further lack of access and disproportionate care for communities of color," New York Rep. Paul Tonko said in an Aug. 25 statement from Ms. Hochul's office. "Investing in and strengthening educational programs are a critical step in building a diverse mental health workforce."

The funding can be used for associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. 

 

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