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New Hanover Cty, NC: District adds police, mental health staff

Aug 14, 2018, WECT—TV, Wilmington, NC: New Hanover County Schools adding SROs, mental health workers As parents gear up to send their students back to school, district and county leaders met to address some of their concerns in regard to school safety. New Hanover County Schools hosted a back-to-school safety summit Tuesday night with district officials, Judge J.H. Corpening, law enforcement and other first responders, counselors and mental health professionals…. When students return to school in a few weeks, they will likely see a few new faces in the hallways. The district added five school resource officer positions, one new detective, and three mental health workers for the 2018-19 school year. … School mental health professionals including counselors and behavioral specialists spoke at the summit. They highlighted support services throughout the school system that serve to treat and prevent a broad range of issues. "One thing that people don't know about New Hanover County Schools is that we have one of the most robust mental health systems for school systems in North Carolina," said Kristin Jackson, the director of student support services. "We have counselors at almost every single school and every high school has a WHAT (Wilmington Health Access for Teens) clinic, which is run through Coastal Horizons. ... When we see kids that need some help, we're able to get them that help very quickly." Student support services provided by the school system include bullying prevention, school-based mental health services, counselors and social workers as well as social and emotional learning. Jackson says mental health services begin as early as kindergarten for some students. …


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