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Liberty Townshio, OH: Local schools connect with mental health providers

Aug 30, 2019, Fox19, Cincinnati: Lakota Schools implement new safety measure in classrooms https://www.fox19.com/2019/08/30/lakota-schools-implements-new-safety-measure-classrooms/ LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - Lakota Local Schools say they’ve implemented a new security measure throughout the classrooms in their district. Over the summer, district officials say 1,200 Bearacade Door Control Systems were installed. According to the website, the company is Ohio-based and their ‘Lockdown Response System’ is a door-stopping device that you install into the floor…. They say this addition comes a year after their district hired eight new school resource officers, bringing its total to 18 — one at each campus. … Lakota Local Schools also announced a partnership with MindPeace, which they say will connect the non-profit network of professional mental health providers with the district’s schools to increase student access to quality, affordable mental healthcare. This puts therapists available to help at 15 of Lakota’s 23 schools with the expectation of being in every building by May. “The safety and well-being of our students is a top priority,” Lakota’s Manager of Health Care Services Lauren Brown said. “And strong mental health plays a vital role in a student’s growth and success. A student who is struggling with stress, anxiety or other concerns cannot focus on school work.” They say more than 200 students met with counselors last year.