Students Benefit When Colleges Use HEERF Grants to Support Mental Health
The Education Department has issued new guidance recommending colleges and universities use Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) on student mental health needs, including for telehealth and teletherapy services.
TimelyMD, the leading virtual health and well-being solution in higher education, has a track record of making it easy for campuses to offer students free and equitable access to mental health support through the TimelyCare platform using HEERF grants. TimelyCare serves as a 24/7 virtual extension of campus health and counseling center resources, with a goal of improving student well-being, engagement, and retention.
For example, last fall Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) used federal COVID-19 relief money to provide 24/7 access to virtual mental health and medical services to all students at Connecticut's 12 community colleges.
Partnering with TimelyMD allows colleges, universities and entire systems like CSCU to deliver a hybrid model of clinical care that combines the best of in-person and virtual care services. Benefits to students include:
"Our nation's economic future and global competitiveness are directly linked to the health and well-being of college students today. A sharp decline in the number of Americans going to college has dire economic consequences for the U.S. long-term - and yet the number one reason students leave college is for mental health reasons," said Luke Hejl, CEO and co-founder of TimelyMD. "Compounded stress pertaining to the pandemic, world events, academic pressures and personal struggles have exacerbated the mental health issues students were already facing. HEERF grants make it easier for TimelyMD to partner with colleges and universities to deliver best-in-class virtual care to help college students thrive."