Sept 1, 2018, Dayton (OH) Journal—News: Fairfield Schools hopes to add mental health counselors with levy https://www.journal-news.com/news/fairfield-schools-hopes-add-mental-health-counselors-with-levy/a6yWLgW6M2MgO025pdxemK/ There is already plenty of talk about the new school security tax voters in five Butler County districts will decide on in November, but in Fairfield the hope is to add mental health counselors to its on-campus health clinic. Fairfield City Schools was the first school district in Butler County to open a school-based clinic in 2016 — followed by Hamilton City Schools in 2017. Middletown City Schools will open its health center later this month. The 10,000-student district already has one behaviorist counselor at the clinic, but Fairfield Schools officials are planning to add five mental health counselors should voters approve the proposed 1.5-mill property tax increase on the Nov. 6 ballot…. “Our primary support for ongoing mental health counseling is provided by St. Joseph Orphanage a local non-profit mental health agency. They see students for a variety of reasons, but the most amount of referrals focus on ADHD, anxiety, and depression,” said Madden. … Billy Smith, superintendent of Fairfield Schools, said while approval of the proposed tax hike would allow the district to staff each school with an armed security guard, the mental health component of the new tax funding is also vital for the district. …
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Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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