State revising proposed mental health policy after outcry from schools

RALEIGH, N.C. — State education leaders are revising a proposed mental health policy for public schools after charter schools and school boards objected to the guidelines, calling them well-meaning but too burdensome and expensive to implement.
 
The State Board of Education was expected to vote on the policy in March, but the vote has been delayed until April so staff can make changes.
 
The draft policy, as currently written, says all public schools should provide mental health training for staff, develop policies for mental health services and create a school mental health assistance team to include, at a minimum, a school social worker, school psychologist, school counselor, school nurse and community mental health provider.
 
The proposal also calls for schools to improve their staffing ratios of licensed counselors, nurses, social workers and others “to align with nationally recognized ratios.”
 
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