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Mental Health Counseling and Services Pilot Program

Senate Bill 5194 (2021) enacted by the Washington State Legislature creates a pilot mental health counseling and services program in Section 6. A total of $1,024,000 is allocated for the biennium, half ($512,000) each year. The mental health counseling and services program is based on the best practice recommendations of the House Bill 1355 (2019) Counselor Taskforce. Colleges receiving funding must implement one or more of eight strategies identified by the Taskforce and specified in the enacted legislation, to increase student access to mental health counseling and services, including substance abuse disorder counseling and services.

Applicant colleges must identify opportunities for expanding on-campus mental health counseling and services. Applicants must also show a commitment to further develop partnerships by engaging external community providers. 


Lauren Hibbs
Director of Student Services


Important Dates

Milestones Key Dates
Applications available in OGMS Thursday, July 15, 2021
Q&A period closes Thursday, August 5, 2021
Applications due in OGMS Thursday, August 12, 2021
Applicants notified of approval status Prior to October 1, 2021
Allocations begin October 1, 2021
Mid-Year FY22 Program and Fiscal Status Report due to SBCTC

March 31, 2021

End of FY22 Program and Fiscal Report due to SBCTC

September 30, 2022

Mid-Year FY23 Program and Fiscal Status Report due to SBCTC

March 31, 2023

End of FY23 Program and Fiscal Status Report due to SBCTC

September 29, 2023

Application Questions and Answers

A Q&A process is being held for this funding, as the application is competitive. Please submit all questions to Joe Holliday. You are encourage to submit questions and ideas for vetting prior to completing your application. Questions will be posted in a Q&A document on this webpage beginning Thursday, July 15, 2021. The Q&A document will be updated every 2 business days. 

MHCSPP Webinar

Please note that Zoom's auto-captioning feature was used during this session.  If you need additional assistance or accommodation to access this recording, please contact Nanette Angel.

Program Resources and Guidelines

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