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Albany, NY: Schools district partners with local mental health agencies

Aug 17, 2017, New Albany (IN) News and Tribune: GOLD STANDARD: NA-FC Schools counseling initiative focuses on students' mental health http://www.newsandtribune.com/news/gold-standard-na-fc-schools-counseling-initiative-focuses-on-students/article_bcafddba-82ee-11e7-b2ae-431f8daf29c1.html Students in New Albany-Floyd County Schools will soon have easier access to mental health services — and it all started with the counseling department at New Albany High School making some changes. In the spring of 2016, school staff went to Indianapolis to learn more about how to earn an “Indiana Gold Star.”... “We had a lot shortfalls," Jensen said. "Mental health resonated. We really needed to address our students' mental health."... Jensen confirmed that the Gold Star data, combined with data parents provide outlining what areas their child may need help in, made it clear the district needed to make a change. “Kids struggle," Jensen said. "They come to school with a lot of issues … the environment they're living in, loss of a parent. They come to us with a lot of needs and a lot struggles.” To help students with those challenges, the district is partnering with several local agencies to bring licensed professionals into schools across the district. ... “We are going to start slow,” Jensen said....