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Union Cty, NC: Supt. "wants more social workers and psychotherapists...inside schools"

Mar 23, 2018, WBTV—Charlotte, NC: UCPS Superintendent wants more social workers inside schools http://www.wbtv.com/story/37798046/ucps-superintendent-wants-more-social-workers-inside-schools Union County Public School (UCPS) Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan wants more social workers and psychotherapists inside the county's more than 50 schools. … "I firmly believe our mental health system is broken in this state," Houlihan said. "We have to fix it."… Houlihan says this budget season he will request more money to get more social workers inside schools. … "We are looking at several options including an additional social worker perhaps for every cluster of schools, mental health therapists for schools and really teacher training," Houlihan said. Elizabeth Stephens is a social worker at Marshville Elementary School. This is her first year at the school. … She believes if social and emotional issues aren't handled properly, it can turn into a safety threat. …