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Bucks Cty, PA: District gets new counselors; partners with behavioral health clinic

Aug 3, 2018, Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsbury reaches new $200,000 agreement with Caron Foundation http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20180803/pennsbury-reaches-new-200000-agreement-with-caron-foundation The school board approved the deal with the Richard J. Caron Foundation at Thursday night’s meeting. It kicks in Sept. 1 and runs through June 30, 2019, and replaces a $149,000 agreement the district had reached with Caron in September 2017…. The new agreement also increases the number of Caron counselors serving Pennsbury from three to four, Morett added. In addition to counselors at the elementary, middle and high school levels, the new agreement adds a fourth counselor who will rotate among all three levels, she said…. While district officials said they already had such measures in place, they increased after several members of Luke Johnson’s family appeared at a June 2017 school board meeting to plead with administrators and board members to do more to fight drug abuse in the district. Johnson, a 2013 Pennsbury High School graduate, died May 17, 2017 of a heroin overdose at age 22. Family members said his addiction started at Pennsbury early in his high school career. In addition to the Caron agreement and other programs, Pennsbury has a task force comprised of district-level administrators, principals, school counselors, social workers, psychologists and others that meets regularly to map out ways the district can better fight drug and alcohol and other mental health problems.