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Blaine,WA: Districts hires part-time mental health counselor

Aug 17, 2017, Port Roberts (WA) All Point Bulletin: School district adds mental health counselor position http://www.allpointbulletin.com/2017/08/17/school-district-adds-mental-health-counselor-position/ Recognizing an increased need for behavioral and mental health counseling in its schools, the Blaine school district hired a half-time mental health counselor who will work in all district schools starting this year. For Blaine and other small districts, connecting kids with a counselor outside of school can be challenging, said Kaatri Jones, the district’s newly hired mental health counselor. Jones was formerly a counselor at Blaine Elementary School. ... The Blaine school district isn’t alone in needing more mental health counseling, Elsbree said. He pointed to increased levels of depression in students nationwide and an increase in homeless students in Blaine and other local districts. … Bellingham and other bigger districts contract with mental health counselors who come to schools during the school day to work with students. In Blaine, kids previously had to get mental health counseling outside of school.