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Carroll County, MD: District gets "mental health coordinator"; 'It's a really exciting position'

Nov 9, 2018, Westminster, MD, Carroll County Times: Carroll County schools appoint mental health coordinator as part of Maryland Safe to Learn Act The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education approved the appointment of a mental health coordinator, a position that came out of the Maryland Safe to Learn Act, and will be funded through grants from the state in its first year. The school board unanimously approved the appointment of Amy Jagoda, a current 12-month school psychologist in CCPS, to the position. … During last year’s legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly moved forward with the Maryland Safe to Learn Act, which, while dealing with school resource officers, also has a strong focus on mental health help for students. Falls told the Times in November that the law requires each school to have a coordinator of mental health services, something Kim Muniz, the supervisor of school psychology, and Judy Klinger, the supervisor of school counseling, had been sharing the responsibilities of. “It’s a really exciting position,” Jagoda said. In this job, she said, she is responsible for ensuring students who need mental health services. “It’s a pretty lofty responsibility. We have a lot of kids with a lot of needs,” she said. Jagoda said through this position, she will not only work with other mental health providers in the schools, but also with outside agencies. Her new job will coordinate all of the links they have in place now and strengthen them, she added…. Jagoda said helping these students has always been an interest of hers. As a school psychologist, she said, she works with many of the school system’s neediest kids, especially those in the PRIDE program, who are dealing with severe social, emotional and behavioral concerns. “They need a lot of support and they need wrap around services,” she said. …

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