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The Expanding Opportunities Project (EOP)

///The Expanding Opportunities Project (EOP)
The Expanding Opportunities Project (EOP) 2024-03-25T00:04:15-06:00

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), Safe and Healthy Schools Bureau, was awarded a USDE grant to increase the number and quality of school-based mental health (SBMH) providers in high-need schools. By partnering with local education agencies (LEAs), universities, Native American communities, and other state agencies, EOP will increase the number of SBMH providers and access to care for school-aged youth in identified communities. The NMEOP will provide reimbursements, stipends and loan repayments for students obtaining a degree that leads to licensure as a school based behavioral health provided. The incentives are as follows:

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Tuition Reimbursement & Loan Repayment: We are recruiting students who are enrolled in master’s level or doctoral behavioral health programs (counseling, psychology, social work) in participating New Mexico universities (ENMU, NMHU, NMSU, UNM, WNMU). EOP will provide financial incentives (tuition reimbursement and loan repayment), along with resources and support to eligible participants

Internship/Practicum Placement Stipends: Stipends are available to qualifying EOP participants who complete practicums/internships via a partnering university placement (in an EOP approved high-need school/district) and commit to minimum employment of two years post-graduation in a high-need school/district. More information regarding this opportunity is forthcoming.

Post-Graduation Opportunities: In an effort to retain and recruit school-based behavioral health professionals, stipends are available to providers employed in EOP approved schools/districts. If the number of eligible participants exceeds the available grant funding, preference will be given to providers in LEAs identified with the highest needs, as per grant guidelines (ex., poverty, student-to-mental health provider ratio, etc).

Licensing/Licensure Fees Reimbursement: Qualifying EOP participants are eligible for up to $300 in reimbursement for professional licensing exam/licensure costs.

For information go to:
Phone: (505)226-1883

Or contact:

Deborah Chavez
Mental Health Service Coordinator
Expanding Opportunities Project Director

Page last updated March 25, 2024