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Steamboat, CO: More $ for "mental health specialists in the public schools"

April 12, 2018, Steamboat Springs, CO, Steamboat Pilot and Today: Funding mental health focus of grant commission in support of safe Steamboat schools https://www.steamboattoday.com/news/funding-mental-health-focus-of-grant-commission-in-support-of-safe-steamboat-schools/ … the members of the Steamboat Springs Education Grant Commission voted this week to recommend increasing funding for mental health specialists in the public schools. The Steamboat Springs School District submitted two grant applications focused on mental and behavioral health, Education Fund Grants Committee Chairperson Jenny Maxwell said. One is focused on funding for two licensed professional counselors to provide one-on-one counseling for individual students, often with their families. The second focused on behavioral health specialists who would work with teachers to prevent and address behavioral challenges that impact the classroom. … Meeks said that the educational field is adapting its approach to troubled students from discipline, to providing more help. "We used to, if a student was acting up, make the comment 'What's wrong with you?' and now it's more of, 'What's happened to you?'" he said. "In order to gain a deeper understanding of what's causing a behavior, we're having to take a different approach."… Mind Springs Health supplied contracted mental health professionals this school year, and the same is likely to happen next school year, Meeks said. …