Howard Cty, MD: District to address mental health needs; social worker to be provided

Feb 15, 2018, Baltimore Sun: Pressure points: Howard County schools look to address mounting mental health concerns … Martirano’s budget proposal for next year includes three additional social workers to support students in need and more funding requests are planned in the years ahead. The budget proposal is one of several actions the school system is taking to address mental health needs among students throughout the county. “If any child is hurting, we need to respond with urgency. And I’m seeing that, symptomatically, you now where we’ve had challenges this year with our students,” Martirano said. “From my vantage point, I’m seeing an increased level of emotional concerns, mental health issues in our schools. I want to take the lead in that and begin to provide a social worker to be somebody who can navigate for children who are in crisis.” … While some stress can be beneficial to motivate students to work hard, Alvord said if the stress begins to interfere with sleep, work or eating habits, then it’s gone too far.