At-risk aid is at risk

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 3, 2011 - 10:05 PM

Planned cuts in school-based mental health services are penny wise and pound foolish, advocates say.

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mcjoe1May. 4, 1112:21 AM

If they pull these programs, I think the parents should just send their kids to the Capitol every day. Let the Capitol security have fun chasing them down. Watch out too - they will bite.

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daltrowitzMay. 4, 1112:26 AM

These children committed no crime save to be born with a disability. I guess to the GOP legislature that makes them disposable.

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SupervonMay. 4, 11 5:04 AM

I'm not convinced that educators are the best mental health people in the world. I do NOT consider them professional and they are bound by the schools and not by medical professionals. Besides, a LOT of the money goes to waste on adminstration. LOTS.

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oglethorpieMay. 4, 11 6:00 AM

Mission creep. It's not the role of the government schools to also serve as mental health centers.

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drfranktMay. 4, 11 6:17 AM

Are you kidding me??? Why don't we just tax everyone @ 100% so we can fund any program that anyone comes up with to take care of their own special interest? Then, eveyone will be happy...broke, but happy. By the way, I don't like washing my car or picking up the litter from the neighbor's trash on my lawn, but I do like my lawn to look nice and my car to be clean and my daughter doesn't like to keep her room picked up but she does like a clean room. Can I get a taxpayer funded program to take care of those problems?

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fishheadMay. 4, 11 6:24 AM

Penny wise pound foolish. I couldn't have said it any better. They're probably diverting that money to private prisons.

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datsun83May. 4, 11 7:26 AM

Placing mental health professionals in the school buildings is one of the best moves our government has made to date. With mandated attendance for students across all demographic lines, I can't think of a better opportunity to be proactive in preventing problems that our society faces, both today and tomorrow. If anything, these are the types of positions that most deserve our support, not our ignorance.

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jannalileMay. 4, 11 7:32 AM

Educators are not the ones offering Mental Health services. People trained in that area just work within the school to meet the many needs of students. They are a great resource to teachers, staff, and students who may not even need their services. They can provide tranining on site. Students don't have to miss entire days of school to meet with a qualified counselor. To me it makes sense to have them where students are supposed to be the majority of their time. Let's be proactive instead of reactive.

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PaleriderMay. 4, 11 7:33 AM

Agree with oglethorpie. School is for education. If the child has special needs and needs professional help, they should get the help, but it should be provided by the parents. Parents expect schools to provide for every aspect of what used to be done within a family unit. That is not the function of a school.

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chrislottsfMay. 4, 11 7:56 AM

Well..look at it this way folks. By July it will also be as hot as it is in Mississippi too. Still happy with your votes ? How about those jobs ?

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