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West Virginia lawmakers discuss mental health crisis in schools, availability of professionals


The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — 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.

During the 2017-18 school year, 36 of West Virginia’s 55 counties did not have a full-time social worker employed, and seven counties did not have a full-time psychologist employed. All counties had at least one full-time counselor and one full-time school nurse.

“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.

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