UC Santa Barbara to Receive Grant for Recovery from Mass Shooting

Nearly $570,000 will be spent on mental health services to the campus community.

The U.S. Department of Education will pay nearly $570,000 to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to help the school recover from a mass shooting that occurred near campus in May 2014.

The grant, which is being made through the Department’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program and administered by the Office of Safe and Healthy Students, will be used to provide mental health services to the campus community.

UCSB was deeply affected by a mass shooting that occurred near the school on May 23, 2014.

“UCSB students make up approximately half of the 23,000 residents of the community of Isla Vista. As a result of this incident, many students, faculty and staff have and continue to experience both acute and ongoing psychological problems,” the Department said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Project SERV grant will enable UCSB to expand their existing campus-based mental health staff through the temporary hiring of an additional student mental health services coordinator, a counseling psychologist for staff and faculty through its Employee Assistance Program, two additional counseling psychologists and an additional social worker. These additional staff will help to meet the increased demand for services and the need for a higher level of response to crisis cases.”

During the rampage, six students were killed and several others were seriously injured.

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