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New Canaan, CT: Program needed to address "emotional therapeutic needs of students"

Jan 1, 2018, New Canaan (CT) Advertiser: Details emerge on alternative high school—A program to meet therapeutic needs https://ncadvertiser.com/113788/details-emerge-on-alternative-high-school/ As high school students’ therapeutic emotional needs are on the rise — both locally and nationally — the Board of Education discussed an alternative high school program at 2018-19 budget workshop meeting, on Dec. 11, to help address those needs. … A close-to-15-person committee met over the fall to discuss the need of a program to address the emotional therapeutic needs of students, said Darlene Pianka, assistant superintendent for Pupil and Family Services. … Many other schools are “experiencing an increase in the population of students who need therapeutically specialized programing” with “some flexible academic scheduling,” she said. … The program would help students experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trouble with substance abuse, mental health issues, medical issues that are impacting their mental health and medical issues that preclude them from being able to attend a full day program at the high school, explained PIanka. The program would also address students who are “school avoidant,” since “we are seeing an increase in those numbers of students,” she said. … Some students who are treated out of district may benefit from being educated in district. Out-of-district programs, “cost in excess of $60,000 per student and run up to over $100,000 per student,” said Pianka. …