Mental health professional scarcity spurs creative solutions

Nearly every county in Minnesota and North Dakota has shortages of school-based mental health professionals.

To creatively provide a regional solution, MSUM recently received the Infuse Mental Health Project Grant, which financially supports students as they become school psychologists and school counselors. The grant focuses on mental health by expanding the diversity of schools with which MSUM can partner.

Laura Odgren was the first to participate online in MSUM’s specialist in school psychology program so that she could simultaneously live and work in her south-central Minnesota community through a partnership with the Southern Plains Education Cooperative.

“You’re not going to get a group of professors that is more passionate about and up to date in the field of school psychology,” she says.

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