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.
Nampa students are running a snack-drive, Boise students are rallying around Simpson’s Salmon plan and more.
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.
Also the State Department of Education is looking for summer partners to help provide free food for kids.
Rural schools and charter schools are less likely to provide behavioral health services to students and families, a new survey says.