January 26, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces Funding for More Mental Health Professionals in Nevada Schools

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that Nevada State College will receive $1, 218,626 to train school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other mental health professionals to provide school-based mental health services in Nevada. Senator Cortez Masto led the effort to include these funds in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that was signed into law last year to address the acute shortage of mental health professionals in Nevada schools.

Senator Cortez Masto also recently secured $1,337,000 to help Nevada State College construct a mental health care clinic that will provide services for Clark County School District students and their families.

“Investing in our kids’ mental health has always been one of my top priorities, and I secured historic funding to increase the number of mental health professionals in schools across Nevada,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “These resources will help us support our students, keeping them safe in the classroom and in our communities.”

Senator Cortez Masto has led efforts in the Senate specifically to address the student mental health and suicide crisis. She has secured substantial increases in funding to address the shortage of school-based mental health professionals like psychologists, counselors, and social workers, including $950,000 for the Clark County School District and $1,535,000 for the Washoe County School District to hire more mental health professionals. She successfully fought to include $1 billion to support mental health services in schools in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that passed Congress this summer.