Warsaw, IN: "Making strides" to provide students with mental health services

Sept 10, 2018, Warsaw, IN, ABC57: Warsaw Community Schools making strides to improve mental health, safety As Indiana State officials realize student mental health is a serious factor when it comes to school safety, Warsaw Community Schools have already taken the initiative to address issue…. In the wake of a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School, state officials released a 135-page report offering administrators across Indiana safety suggestions. These included the obvious building modifications with self-locking doors and covered windows, but this year, the report was centered on mental health. Chief Academic Officer of WCS, David Robertson said he believes student’s mental health is absolutely critical to school safety…. While the state only requires one safety specialist per school district, Warsaw certifies each of their principals making for 11 specialists. WCS is one of only two schools in Michiana that provide mental health services through a community mental health center. … The four officers within the school district are trained to spot when a student’s behavior shifts indicating something could be wrong…. Although the school is doing what they can, the experts agree that a student’s wellness starts and ends at home….