SMART Public Act (Student Mental Health Apprenticeship Program for Retention and Training)
Michigan Association of School Psychologists, NASW Michigan, MASSW
School Psychology students
Workforce Development Focus
Increasing number of healthcare workers
Workforce Issues Addressed
Providing a benefit or incentive that encourages individuals to pursue a healthcare profession
SMART was created to provide financial support to encourage more people to enter school-based mental health professions (School Psychology, School Counselling, and School Social Work). The SMART Program provides paid work experiences and practicum opportunities for School Psychology Graduate students. It's funded through the "Grow Your Own" program provided to each district/ ISD. Psychology graduate students earn $25/hour for 20 hours for 30 weeks, or equivalent to $15,000/ year.