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Cops and No Counselors: How the Lack of School Mental Health Staff Is Harming Students

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Author(s):  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

  • Amir Whitaker – ACLU of Southern California
  • Sylvia Torres-Guillén – ACLU of California
  • Michelle Morton – ACLU of Florida
  • Harold Jordan – ACLU of Pennsylvania
  • Stefanie Coyle – New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Angela Mann – University of North Florida
    Florida Association of School Psychologists (FASP), Board Member
  • Wei-Ling Sun – PhD Candidate University of Texas, Austin

Published: March 4, 2019

Report Intro/Brief:
“The U.S. Department of Education recently required every public school to report the number of social workers, nurses, and psychologists employed for the first time in history. Data about school counselors had been required previously, but this report provides the first state-level student-to-staff ratio comparison for these other school-based mental health personnel, along with school counselors. It reviews state-level student-to-school-based mental health personnel ratios as well as data concerning law enforcement in schools. The report also reviews school arrests and referrals to law enforcement data, with particular attention to disparities by race and disability status. A key finding of the report is that schools are under-resourced and students are overcriminalized.”


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