Georgia: $4.3M for 'school-based mental health programs'

Feb 11, 2018, Gainesville (GA) Times: On-site mental health services at schools showing promise Addressing the mental health needs of students has become a school mission, and no longer are the resources spread thin or across a wide geographic area. Instead, a clinical professional counselor now works on-site as part of the Georgia Apex Program. The first recommendation made by the governor’s Commission on Children’s Mental Health, in a report released in December, calls for increased “access to behavioral health services for Georgia’s school-aged children by sustaining and expanding the Georgia Apex Program for school-based mental health.” … … “School-based mental health programs promote access to mental health services, increase early identification of mental health needs and provide coordinated interventions for children in need of behavioral health services.” … The Apex program, spearheaded by Avita Community Partners, has now entered eight Hall County schools since being established three years ago. And at East Hall Middle, the results are positive. … The proposed state budget for the 2019 fiscal year includes about $4.3 million under the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to sustain and grow the program. …

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