Idaho’s ratios of school counselors and psychologists per student are far below staffing levels recommended by national organizations.
The recommendations don’t include a mandate that districts adopt mental health supports, but they would expand the resources available to districts that are interested in doing that work.
A group of roughly 75 education and health experts recommends everything from funding more counselors and social workers to providing help-lines for teachers.
A student just has to call a phone number where they can receive immediate crisis counseling, and set up an appointment with a local mental health professional.
In-school therapy is an increasingly popular mental health support in Idaho schools. Nampa’s partnerships offer a glimpse into the strengths and challenges of that model.
The SDE plans to develop recommendations for Sherri Ybarra by July, then embark on a long-range plan for expanding behavioral health and wellness services.
Rural schools and charter schools are less likely to provide behavioral health services to students and families, a new survey says.