Crowe Announces SIUE Will Receive Funding for Behavioral Health Education Opportunities

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MARIEVILLE- With strong support from State Sen. Rachelle Aug Crowe (D-Glen Carbon), Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville is set to receive funding for the Certified Recovery Support Specialist Success program to create opportunities for behavioral education and mental health for students.

“Our state’s behavioral health industry relies on skilled and reliable workers,” Crowe said. “By creating training opportunities for mental health professionals at SIUE and throughout the state, Illinois is striving to provide better quality care for people in recovery, give students hands-on experience, and strengthen the workforce.”

The Illinois Department of Social Services has awarded $4 million in grants to 11 colleges and universities across the state to support the CRSS Success program. Through the program, students can experience working in mental health capacities, addiction treatment services, mobile crisis teams and more.

Additionally, the program promotes post-secondary education for up to 600 students with mental health or addiction recovery experiences. Students may receive financial aid for tuition, textbook costs, childcare, application fees, and transportation.

“Affordability is key for students exploring higher education programs, Crowe said. “By investing in students at Illinois universities, our state is working to support young professionals most likely to contribute to our behavioral health workforce.”

A complete list of colleges and universities offering the CRSS Success program is available on the IDHS website.

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