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Eagle Cty, CO: $400,000 for mental health support in schools; addressing 'hoplessness'

Aug 30, 2018, Glenwood Springs (CO) Post Independent: Roaring Fork Schools hires mental health staff member to combat ‘hopelessness When a mental health advisory committee with representation from the Roaring Fork and Eagle River valleys was formed, its members discussed numerous issues pertaining to the topic of mental health, which has already generated a national discussion…. "School-based counselors was the overwhelming need," Eagle County Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney said. "Schools are really in charge of educating our children. They're not really experts in mental health, and what they needed was people who could respond when kids are in crisis." Last week, the Eagle County Board of Commissioners assigned $400,000 from the county's Mental Health Fund to assist in getting more school-based counselors in Eagle and Roaring Fork Valley schools. The Roaring Fork School District received $80,000, and subsequently secured a mental health position at Basalt High School for the 2018-19 academic year, working in conjunction with the Aspen Hope Center. Glenwood Springs High School and Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale already have similar positions…. According to a press release from the Roaring Fork School District, last spring Basalt High School identified 84 students, out of a student population of 481, who needed therapy but were not receiving it because of either financial, logistical or transportation issues. … Basalt High School's mental health provider, Craig Farnum, was hired in the spring and has been tasked with remedying that feeling of hopelessness….

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