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W. Virginia: Legislators looking into adding more counselors, psychologists, and nurses

June 26, 2018, Beckley (WV) Register—Herald: Mental health crisis in schools, availability of professionals discussed http://www.register-herald.com/news/mental-health-crisis-in-schools-availability-of-professionals-discussed/article_85219759-58a8-5b83-837f-032ae28b09e2.html In addressing the opioid impact on the state's children, West Virginia lawmakers are taking a closer look at the availability of counselors, psychologists, social workers and nurses in schools. … "If we don't do something about the mental health crisis students are dealing with, we can't make an impact on achievement," said Michele Blatt, assistant superintendent of the West Virginia Department of Education. As Christina Mullins noted during the Joint Committee on Health meeting, adverse childhood experiences (or ACEs), such as sexual abuse or the incarceration of a parent, can negatively impact the mental and physical health of the state's children. ... "We have a lot of work to do," Blatt said. "We need to make sure we get the staff in the schools that need them the most." …

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