EOP Participants

How Do I Become a Participant?

Participants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Currently enrolled in a master’s level or doctoral behavioral health program (counseling, psychology, or social work) in a participating university (ENMU, NMHU, NMSU, UNM, WNMU) 
  • University placement for practicum/internship must be in an EOP approved high-need school/district 
  • And/or Employment as a school-based behavioral health professional in an EOP approved high-need school/district

*Criteria will be confirmed by university

The next step is to take our survey. We will use this information to determine if you are eligible for EOP. The turnaround time for eligibility determination is usually within two weeks.

Take our survey to determine if you are eligible for tuition reimbursement/loan repayment.

What is the amount of available reimbursement?

Participants can receive up to $3,000 in tuition reimbursement/loan repayment for their first year in EOP. Each additional year that the participant is involved in EOP, the amount increases by $500.

Internship/Practicum placement

Up to a $10,000 stipend is available to qualifying EOP participants who complete practicums/internships via a partnering university placement (in an EOP approved high-need school/district) and commit to a minimum employment of two years post-graduation in a high-need school/district.

Take Our Survey to Determine if You are eligible for an Internship/practicum placement stipend.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

In an effort to retain and recruit school based behavioral health professionals, stipends are available to EOP participant providers employed in EOP approved schools/districts. Qualified participants can receive a stipend of $2,000 for one year of service in an approved school/district, increasing $500 each additional year for the life of the grant.

If the number of eligible participants exceeds the available grant funding, preference will be given to providers in LEAs identified with the highest needs, as per grant guidelines (ex., poverty, student-to-mental health provider ratio, etc).

We are currently accepting applications for our next cohort. Apply today!

Take our survey to determine if you are eligible for a stipend as a current SBMH provider in a selected LEA.

Licensing/Licensure Fees Reimbursement

Qualifying EOP participants are eligible for up to $300 in reimbursement for professional licensing exam/licensure fees.


How does the reimbursement process work?

Participants will work directly with High Plains Regional Education Cooperative (HPREC), to be reimbursed for eligible expenses. HPREC is facilitating the project for the New Mexico Department of Education, Safe & Healthy Schools Bureau. The contact at HPREC is Marisa Aguirre.