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Onslow Cty, NC: District adds mental health providers; officials 'very excited'

Sept 4, 2018, Jacksonville (NC) Daily News: Onslow County Schools to implement school-based services for students http://www.jdnews.com/news/20180904/onslow-county-schools-to-implement-school-based-services-for-students A plan to bring mental health services to Onslow County students during the school day is expected to begin sometime this school year. The Onslow County Board of Education heard a presentation Tuesday on a plan for a partnership between Onslow County Schools and Trillium Health Resources that will arrange for mental health providers to address student needs in the school setting…. “We’re very excited about the opportunity,” said OCS Executive Director of Student Services Brendan Gartner…. “Recent studies show 1 in 5 students between ages 12 and 15 will be diagnosed with a mental health issue,” he said during the presentation. Schools will identify students in need of services and complete an established referral process that includes parental consent. If determined eligible, individual therapy services on campus would be available during the school day…. Through grant funding, the school district will employ two mental health/behavioral specialists to provide support and training for teachers to help them address mental health needs of students so they can be successful in the classroom. “Teachers face mental health issues in the classroom every day but they are not mental health providers,” Gartner said.