New Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup Convened

The California Department of Education (CDE) today announced a Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup will soon meet to assess the mental health needs of California students. This news post is reprinted from CDE’s News Release: #12-53, Education Roundup for the Week Ending May 25, 2012.

Many students have mental health issues that interfere with their development, daily life, and education. The consequences of a mild mental health need can easily escalate to a full lifetime mental illness requiring more costly services and other problems, including dropping out of school, disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, inappropriate incarceration, and even suicide.

The volunteer Workgroup consists of 35 school teachers, counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and administrators, as well as state and county mental health professionals. The Workgroup will make policy recommendations to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the California Legislature designed to address student mental health needs.

The Workgroup is funded by the California Mental Health Services Authority, an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. It administers programs on a statewide, regional, and local basis through the Mental Health Services Act as a result of Proposition 63.

Meeting the mental health needs of students is part of Torlakson’s concept of meeting the needs of the whole child within his Blueprint for Great Schools – Initiatives & Programs.

Read the entire CDE News Release…