Hudson Valley, NY: Schools compete for mental health services

Aug 24, 2017, (Hudson, NY) Hudson Valley 360: Columbia County Board tables C-GCC request for mental health satellite clinic Columbia-Greene Community College is seeking a mental health professional from the Columbia County Department of Mental Health to work on campus, a request that received skeptical response from several members of the County Health and Human Services Committee. ... The request was presented by Mental Health Director Michael Cole to the committee Aug. 15 to run a satellite mental health location, as a pilot, on the college campus four hours a week. Kinderhook Town Supervisor Patrick Grattan, the committee chairman, said he thought the county should prioritize providing the services at all the grade schools before putting a clinic in the college. “I agreed with the chairman that we need to focus on our county schools first,” said 4th Ward Supervisor William Hughes Jr., who originally supported the request. ...

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