With support from a $1.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Services Resources Administration to PCHS, also known as Presidio County Health Services, UTEP and Sul Ross will train students to provide culturally competent mental healthcare to residents of Presidio, Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth and Jeff Davis counties.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people’s mental health and increased their risk for substance use disorder, depression and other behavioral health issues.
Throughout the next four years, 16 UTEP and Sul Ross students will be selected each year for the rural Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training program (BHWET).
Barbara Tucker, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at Sul Ross, said the grant will provide opportunities to reduce mental health disparities in the Big Bend region, which is on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“As a small university, Sul Ross has limited resources to implement larger grants independently,” Tucker said.