Schools Remove Barriers to Mental Health Treatment

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Photos by Julie Sparenberg

Wellness Coordinator Michelle Fortunado, LCSW, PPSC, meets with a student at San Francisco's Galileo Academy's school-based health center. Last year, 2.5 million U.S. students received health services at school-based health centers — including mental health services.

School-based health programs are teaming up with youth-development groups to deliver vital ongoing services to one group of vulnerable students: children with mental-health disorders.

Childhood mental illness is surprisingly prevalent, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting up to about 20 percent of U.S. children in any given year receive a diagnosis of attention deficit or hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, substance abuse or conduct disorders . . .

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