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Blue Cross Blue Shield Awards Grant to LSUS Mental Health Community Outreach

June 23, 2017

The LSUS Masters of Science in Counseling has received a sizeable grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation in the amount of $19,110. The money has been designated for use targeting both mental health and school performance. It will allow the Master of Counseling program to provide distance and online services to the North Louisiana community that include training in adversive childhood experiences, psycho-educational assessments, bullying prevention, academic tutoring, and behavior management for low-income, rural children and their families. Monthly support networks for critical mental health awareness groups will also be offered in centrally located areas.

“The generous support from Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana Foundation has allowed us to invigorate our programs and expand our offerings to people in the community,” said Dr. Nancy Miller, Dean of the College of Business, Education and Human Development at LSUS. Students enrolled in the MS in Counseling participate in clinical training as part of the program. Counseling clinics and the School of R.O.C.K., an on-campus after-school clinic for students in the community who struggle with reading, will benefit from the grant. These clinics allow LSUS to provide practical training to graduate students while providing assistance to members of the community.

“We are extremely appreciative of the support from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation,” said Dr. Miller. “Being able to expand our social support services for mental health is a big step in the right direction for both the community and our students.” The Masters of Science in Counseling program will expand the services offered to the local community and continue to partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness as well as other groups that work with the Shreveport-Bossier community. PHOTO: LSUS faculty and staff with graduates of the School of R.O.C.K.