Acquiring Clinical Counselors for Equitable Student Services in Mental Health
Project ACCESS, a mental health grant awarded to GRREC in 2023, focuses on elevating mental health services within GRREC districts. The initiative aims to diversify mental health providers in high-need schools, thereby addressing behavioral and attendance issues and enhancing academic performance.
Recent graduates participating in the project enjoy various benefits, including one-on-one mentoring, on-the-job training with clinical supervision, preferred hiring status, preparatory sessions for licensure exams, and free clinical supervision towards licensure. The program recognizes the importance of mental health services in underserved communities, particularly in high-risk rural areas. It strives to augment access to mental health support by recruiting and training graduate students from Western Kentucky University.