Mental health

How much would it cost to fully staff mental health professionals in Idaho schools?

Idaho’s ratios of school counselors and psychologists per student are far below staffing levels recommended by national organizations.

Ybarra to consider 11 recommendations on improving mental health supports in schools

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. 

Student surveys find emotional engagement lower than other areas

More than 20 percent of the 185,000 students who responded to the survey were emotionally “disengaged” from school.

Mental health group drafts 30 recommendations for Idaho schools

A group of roughly 75 education and health experts recommends everything from funding more counselors and social workers to providing help-lines for teachers.

Education news from around Idaho

Nampa students are running a snack-drive, Boise students are rallying around Simpson’s Salmon plan and more.

Cassia ‘Connect’ program aims to give every student access to immediate help

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.

Nampa’s in-school therapy partnerships lead to measurable success

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.

State hosts stakeholder meetings on behavioral health services

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.

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage to hold virtual mental health summit for teens

Also the State Department of Education is looking for summer partners to help provide free food for kids.

Survey paints a scattered picture of behavioral health services in Idaho schools

Rural schools and charter schools are less likely to provide behavioral health services to students and families, a new survey says.