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Palm Beach, FL: $202M for recommended mental health services for schools

Oct 9, 2018, Palm Beach (FL) Sun Sentinel: Mental health improvements would cost schools $202 million Broward County schools would have to spend about $202 million to provide the recommended number of mental health professionals for students and families, a district report says. … In order to meet the recommendation from professional counseling and health organizations, the district would need: — 437 school counselors. — 312 psychologists. — 816 family therapists. — 830 social workers. — 170 nurses. School Board members say they plan to lobby the state for more money to hire more staff, which would total $202.3 million if fully funded…. The district has been working with a number of local, national and international organizations to deal with mental health issues since Stoneman Douglas, including the Global Center for School Counseling, the University of South Carolina and Broward Behavioral Health Coalition. …

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