New York State Advocacy

School Superintendents Recognize the Need to Support Mental Health Services (October, 2017)

This Fall, the Council of School Superintendents reported that in response to asking superintendents what some of the biggest problems are that they are facing,  the superintendents’  most widely cited significant problem was the “ ‘Capacity to help students in meeting non-academic needs including, for example, health and mental health issues,’  cited by 45 percent of superintendents”.   See Superintendent’s Biggest Problems.

The Council also reported that according to their financial survey increases to “mental health, social work, counseling and similar services supplanted extra academic help for struggling students as the most widely selected priority”.  See Funding PrioritiesThe survey results are welcome news for School Social Worker’s who are licensed and provide emotional and behavioral support to students in schools across the state.

We are excited that a greater awareness of the prevention, early intervention, Tier II, Tier III, and post-intervention mental health needs of students and school communities, PreK-16, is swiftly emerging. Certified School social workers are licensed mental health professionals grounded in school regulation and culture. Their service provides the appropriate balance of expertise to meet the climate, cultural, crisis and mental health needs of schools, yet, absent district mandate, there remain many districts void of this critical support.

Proposed School Counseling Amendments:

The  New York State Education Department finalized the Counseling Amendments on  November 10th and  presented them to the Board of Regents P-12 Education/Higher Education Joint Meeting on November 14th, 2016.  Please see:

http://www.regents.nysed.gov./common/regents/files/1116p12hed1.pdf

This is the link to the second document-

http://docs.dos.ny.gov/info/register/2016/nov30/pdf/rulemaking.pdf

See also: NYSSSWA President’s  Request for Action  dated December 14, 2016 for more information.  See Details


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Bills of Interest
OA6763 Sponsor: Ortiz
“Requires at least one full-time licensed social worker to be employed in each elementary, intermediate, middle and junior high school throughout the state.

OA5131 Sponsor: Ortiz
“Requires at least one full-time guidance counselor to be employed in each elementary, intermediate, middle, junior and senior high school throughout the state; sets duties of guidance counselors.”

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