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Lombard, IL: Principal calls for more counselors for "mental health needs"

April 16, 2018, Galesburg, IL 93.7 FM: Lombard Principal updates board on mental health partnership http://www.wgil.com/2018/04/16/lombard-principal-updates-board-on-mental-health-partnership/ … Lombard Principal Nick Sutton came to the board last year citing his growing concerns that mental health needs were not being addressed in his [middle] school and he had a suggestion to fix that. The partnership was funded by Federal Title One money, and saw the hiring of Sara Bates to meet with students to help address their mental health needs. … He added that without the mental health counselor in the school, he and his administrators would only be addressing a student’s behavior – and not the root cause of their problems. Sutton gave the board some news about the future of the partnership, and possibilities on it’s future in the district. “Working with these guys, and with Mrs. Hamm we’ve submitted a grant to the Knox County Mental Health Board for a rather large amount of money to potentially have six mental health counselors across the district for next year. Now where exactly that looks and how it looks – it kind of remains to be seen.” …