NEXT AT SIX, THE NUMBERS ARE SOBERING - ONE IN FIVE
CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 17 HAVE A DIAGNOSABLE
MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER.
-- MICHELLE --
OF EVEN GREATER CONCERN - THE VAST MAJORITY ARE NOT
RECEIVING ANY TREATMENT.
NOW THERE IS A CALL FOR THAT TO CHANGE.
NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER IS IN THE NEWS CENTER
WITH MORE WHAT THAT CHANGE WOULD LOOK LIKE.
MICHELLE AND ERIC - IT WOULD BE A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE
THAT WOULD PUT MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS INTO
IT WOULD TAKE THE SERVICES THESE CHILDREN NEED - DIRECTLY
so it is more prevalent than people think.
IT IS PROBLEM THAT KNOWS NO SOCIO OR RACIAL BOUNDRIES.
national research shows that one out of every five
kids has a mental health disorder.
AND OF GREATER CONCERN IS 80 PERCENT ARE NOT GETTING
THE TREATMENT THEY NEED.
like any illness when something goes untreated it
THE REPERCUSSIONS CAN BE SEEN IN OUR SCHOOLS.
well, many of thse kids have escalated behaviors,
they end up with truancies, with suspensions, behavioral
many of them resort to bullying and depressions in
the extreme situations there are links to violence.
AND THAT'S WHEN IT GETS PUBLIC ATTENTION.
THERE HAVE BEEN 74 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS SINCE 26 PEOPLE
WERE KILLED AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
WHILE THE COST TO PROVIDE SCHOOL BASED MENTAL HEALTH
SERVICES IS HIGH - NOT PROVIDING IT IS HIGHER.
i would say we can't afford not to do it.
i thnk it is one of those things that it is a long
term investment that saves us money in the long run.
we have disproportionate numbers of kids who really
end up in corrections which costs us more money in
the long run anyway so to me this is like the best
prevention model that you can have.
SIX YEARS AGO FOX CITIES BEGAN OFFERING SCHOOL BASED
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.
IN THE YEARS SINCE THEY'VE SEEN ACADEMIC AND BEHAVIOR
IMPROVEMENTS AND A DECREASE IN SUICIDES.
WHICH IS WHY THE JOHNSON FOUNDATIONS BELIEVES OTHER
SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHOULD TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT THIS.
i think the timing is right and the urgency is really
clear because so many kids are struggling and famiilies
are frustrated and even providers and teachers and
educators are frustrated too and so something has
to be done in order to improve the situation.
THE CHALLENGE OBVIOUSLY IS HOW DO YOU PAY FOR THIS?
WELL FOX CITIES HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET FINANCIAL SUPPORT
FROM THE UNITED WAY AND OTHER GRANTS.
PERHAPS THE MODEL IN ALL OF THIS THOUGH IS THE STATE
OF MINNESOTA - WHERE SCHOOL BASED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
-- ERIC --