MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- Schools across Michigan are recruiting and in the process of hiring 560 more school psychologists, school social workers, school counselors and school nurses.
The funding for these employees comes from the FY22 State School Aid Act.
Governor Whitmer said having these skilled professionals in school buildings will help kids get the support they need so they can thrive in the classroom and beyond.
“Our children require academic, social emotional, and physical supports, both in and out of schools,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael F. Rice. “School communities across the state are appreciative of this critical new FY 22 budget investment negotiated between the governor and the state legislature. This $240 million begins the requisite school support for our children’s mental health and physical needs.”
When approving the budget, Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature appropriated $240 million to increase the number of school-based professionals support students' mental and physical health.
To date, 210 school districts have applied for grant funding to hire 562 staff members including 60 school psychologists, 226 school social workers, 146 school counselors, and 130 school nurses.
Grant applications are still open and all districts in Michigan are eligible.
If you would like to apply, you can do so online. Districts must hire staff by March 1, 2022 to qualify.