Nebraska: State senator wants social workers/mental health professionals in every school

Jan 12, 2018, ABC8, Lincoln, NE: Mental health top issue in NE schools, bill could help Mental health is the top concern for Nebraska schools, but they don't have the resources to help. … But Thursday, former educator, and state senator Lynne Walz proposed a bill that would add social workers to each education service unit, like ESU 6. "I know that there's a definite need for help...families and kids are crying out for help,” state senator Lynne Walz said. Walz says putting social workers in each ESU would allow school districts access to a mental health professional at a low cost. They'd be able to work through mental illness and behavioral issues with students and families, and provide preventative training as well. … Shoemake is hoping this bill is passed because they desperately need resources, but are hoping they'll get more help from the state, or private donors to help pay for it.