Crisis in Mental Health Support: Lawmakers Advocate for Federal Legislation to Boost School Counselors and Psychologists

Addressing the Critical Need for Mental Health Professionals in Schools by Lawmakers

The shortage of mental health professionals in schools is a growing concern, with advocates calling for more support to meet the needs of students. In Waterbury, CT, lawmakers have scheduled a news conference to discuss newly proposed federal legislation aimed at increasing the number of counselors, social workers, and psychologists in schools.

The current support staff are overwhelmed, with only one full-time school certified psychologist for every 2,672 students in the Waterbury school district. This is not enough to meet the growing need for mental health support among students. Statewide, there is only one full-time certified psychologist for every 494 students and one certified social worker for every 384 students.

Lawmakers such as Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jahana Hayes plan to argue for the urgent need for the proposed legislation to address this shortage at a news conference set to take place at Westside Middle School in Waterbury at 11:30 a.m. They will highlight the lack of mental health professionals available and advocate for increased funding and resources to support student well-being. Copyright 2024 WFSB. All rights reserved.

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