Metro Council to JCPS: Beef up mental health resources

Published: May. 19, 2016 at 2:38 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 1:09 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE (WAVE) – The Jefferson County Public School system explained to the Metro Council Public Safety Committee how they address mental health needs within the school system on Wednesday.
Right now, JCPS has 257 school counselors, 39.5 psychologist, 9 social workers and 18 mental health counselors to serve more than 100,000 students. JCPS also works with Seven Counties and other organizations to supplement student mental needs.

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JCPS explained before students even walk into the classroom, they could be suffering from a number of issues at home including, domestic violence, traumatic events, psychiatric issues, abuse, homelessness or even the murder of a family member.
While JCPS tries to provide social and emotional support for students in the form of Student Response Teams, Positive Behavior Coaches and other resources, Metro Council members voiced their concern that it is not enough.

JCPS agreed and said they could always use volunteers and more mental health support for students.

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The Public Safety Committee and JCPS will meet again in June to review the Code of Conduct.

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