Thurmond’s Plan to Recruit 10,000 Mental Health Professionals to Schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will sponsor state legislation aimed at increasing mental health professionals in schools.

Thurmond wants the state to invest up to $25,000 per applicant in scholarships for future clinicians. It’s part of a plan to recruit 10,000 new mental health clinicians that serve students. The proposal also calls for streamlining the licensing process for mental health professionals.

Thurmond worked with the California Alliance of Child and Family Services (California Alliance) to develop the plan.

“This proposal creates a needed career pathway to provide California students with the counselors they need to overcome the trauma of the pandemic,” said California Alliance CEO Christine Stoner-Mertz.


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