Sioux Falls, SD: Schools fail to meet mental health needs of students

Aug 16, 2017, (Sioux Falls, SD) Argus Leader: Hundreds gather in support of children's mental health initiative Jennifer Van’t Hul’s caseload makes it hard to meet the mental health needs of her children. She works with nearly 500 students as a school counselor for Liberty Elementary School in the Harrisburg School District. Some suffer from depression and anxiety. Often, there aren’t enough services to help with treatment or prevention. Van’t Hul championed an effort Wednesday by Sioux Falls nonprofits to meet the community's mental health needs. She helped pilot a new counseling program and has seen it work with her students…. Thousands of South Dakota children who qualify for help go unserved by the state’s underfunded and outdated mental health system, which still sends millions of more dollars to the psychiatric hospital instead of community treatment centers. South Dakota has the third-highest suicide rate in the nation for teens and young adults, according to the American Association of Suicidology. It has the fifth-highest juvenile detention rate in the United States.