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Lee County School District Develops Mental Health Plan for Students

5:09 PM, Nov 14, 2018

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Tamika Cody

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — As part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, Senate Bill 7026, Lee County Public School District will receive a $1.8 million mental health grant.

The grant will be used for the salaries of 10 additional school social workers, four school psychologists, and three behavior professionals to support schools. In addition, the funds will pay for school personnel to attend youth mental health awareness and assistance training.

Lee County School District Develops Mental Health Plan for Students

When lawmakers passed Senate Bill 7026 on March 5, 2018, legislation set aside $400 million to implement several provisions, including mental health assistance, school guardian programs, and mobile crisis teams.

Lee County School District formed a partnership with SalusCare to hire a full-time mental health counselor.

As part of the agreement and the School Board’s Threat Assessment Team Protocol, SalusCare and the School Board have a list of primary responsibilities; including:

  • Provide referrals to students and families
  • Communicate with SalusCare that a referral has been made
  • Encourage and support student and family participation in services at SalusCare, when needed
  • Maintain confidentiality of information provided by SalusCare as required by law
  • SalusCare will provide assessment reports to the School Board.

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