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Mental health professionals call for more “trauma informed” training in public schools


The Register-Herald

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Public schools throughout the state are in current crisis mode as the opioid epidemic continues to sweep its way in and remain a dark cloud over West Virginia, according to Diana Whitlock, the autism coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).

Whitlock was one of the handful of panelists at Friday’s stakeholder meeting regarding how public schools are responding to the opioid epidemic. She said, “I’m happy to be here, but I’m not happy over the reason I’m here.

“The opioid crisis has had such an impact on our schools, and our teachers are crying out for help.”

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