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County supervisors vote to expand school mental health programs for troubled kids

Original post made on Nov 4, 2019

Santa Clara County's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to find new ways to link children and teens with mental health services through public schools.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 4, 2019, 10:47 AM

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Posted by Gaby
a resident of Whisman Station
on Nov 4, 2019 at 2:44 pm

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MVWSD principals, trustees, and its superintendent also require mental health services. Many of the stressors our children face could be mitigated by removing unqualified crony principals and administrators who together gaslight our children in school. This "win" is a necessity, but it is also a bandaid.

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Posted by Sarah1000
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on Nov 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm

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Supervisor Chavez is correct in her concern. There aren’t enough mental health providers in Santa Clara County for children who have already been identified as needing services. With Stanford Children’s Hospital not providing a single mental health bed, the child and adolescent psychiatrists Stanford trains do not remain in the community. Maybe, if the County actually saw through it’s long-promised plan to open a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital, these doctors would be motivated to stay.

Also, this program must require that children who are found to have “conduct disorders” rather than mental health diagnoses also receive services. These children can have violent behaviors and yet receive no help. These children wind up in the juvenile justice system.

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