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NYC: School mental health services "stretched too thin"

Aug 16, 2017, Chalkbeat.org: Mental health services in Manhattan schools are ‘falling short,’ says report from borough president https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/08/16/mental-health-services-in-manhattan-schools-are-falling-short-says-report-from-borough-president/ Mental health services in Manhattan schools provide only a “patchwork” of care that is “falling short” of what students and educators need, according to a report released Wednesday by Borough President Gale Brewer. Almost 237,000 New York City children under the age of 18 have a diagnosable mental health condition, according to Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York. In schools, mental health services are provided to students in a range of ways, including via school social workers, on-site clinics and mental health consultants. But too often, the report notes, these services are inadequate.... The city has paid for 100 consultants over the last two years, but these mental health professionals may be stretched too thin, the report notes. Each is assigned to up to 10 campuses and can serve as many as 8,000 students. “Staff in multiple schools expressed that the mental health consultant’s impact was minimal and that the resources they provided could have easily been found online,” the report notes.