$40 million push for mental health workers in schools | WIVT

by: Amal Tlaige

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ALBANY NY (WTEN) – There is a push for more social workers and psychologists in our schools. With mental health issues on the rise among students, lawmakers say it’s time to act.

“Right now we don’t have the funding, and it’s unacceptable that we don’t. Coming out of this pandemic, we have seen the mental health crisis in our young people and we need to make that investment,” said MP and sponsor of the bill, Jessica González-Rojas.

According to the New York State United Teachers Organization, students do better in school when their social and emotional needs are met. Appropriate staffing will help alleviate the mental health crisis and position students to learn. Lawmakers say they have seen a particular need for this funding in rural and high-needs districts.

The bill is currently included in the single budget of the Assembly. They’re asking for $40 million for mental health professionals in school districts and urging the governor to include that in his final budget.

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