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N. Carolina: Expert: "20% of student have mental health or substance abuse issues"

Mar 22, 2018, Raleigh (NC) News &Observer: N.C.'s school safety panel makes a good start http://www.newsobserver.com/latest-news/article206370944.html The General Assembly’s newly formed committee on school safety got off to a good start Wednesday with an opening meeting that included a range of comments from security and mental health experts, teachers and students themselves….. Instead, early attention has focused on gaining more and better trained school resource officers, encouraging students to share information when they hear of threats or worry about a fellow student’s behavior and boosting the number of school counselors and psychologists. All are good ideas. … Jim Deni, immediate past president of the N.C. School Psychology Association, told the committee that there are “significant mental health issues in schools,” but school funding is inadequate to provide enough school psychologists. He said 20 percent of student have mental health or substance abuse issues, but there is not enough staff to identify or respond to all students in such circumstances. …