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Falmouth, MA: Schools partner with psychiatric facility

Sept 15, 2017, Falmouth (MA) Enterprise: Falmouth School District Forges Mental Health Partnership https://www.capenews.net/falmouth/news/falmouth-school-district-forges-mental-health-partnership/article_c26e2529-7f4e-585f-bbbb-9376a003994d.html This school year, Falmouth Public Schools is partnering with McLean Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Belmont, to better meet the social and emotional needs of its students.... The program is a way to keep these students in school and ready to learn, he said. Mr. Jodoin said that in the past five years, the district has seen a great increase in mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders among students who have not previously been designated to the special education program. Also, in many cases students are missing school due to hospitalizations for mental health reasons. … For example, Mr. Jodoin said that the number of students hospitalized and requiring tutorial home services, which are paid for by the school district, increased 141 percent from the 2016-17 school year to 2017-18. “Most of all these hospitalizations were for mental illness,” Mr. Jodoin said. At the elementary level, Mr. Jodoin said that there has been an exponential increase in the number of children who need some type of mental health support beginning as early as preschool from situations where children are unable to calm themselves to trauma reactive-type behaviors....