Legislators tackle urgent need for mental health professionals in schools

In Waterbury, Connecticut, lawmakers held a news conference to discuss federal legislation aimed at increasing the number of mental health professionals in schools. The current support staff is overwhelmed by the demand for mental health services, with one full-time school certified psychologist for every 2,672 students in the Waterbury school district and one certified school counselor for every 333 students from pre-K to 12th grade in Connecticut as a whole.

Advocates pointed out that across the state, there is only one full-time certified psychologist for every 494 students and one certified social worker for every 384 students. They argued that this is not enough to meet the growing need for mental health support among students. The news conference took place at Westside Middle School in Waterbury, with lawmakers like Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jahana Hayes advocating for the urgent need for the proposed legislation.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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