Breaking: Lawmakers Unite to Advocate for Mental Health Professionals in Connecticut Schools

Addressing the Critical Need for Mental Health Professionals in Schools by Lawmakers

In Waterbury, CT, lawmakers have scheduled a news conference to discuss a proposed federal legislation aimed at increasing the number of mental health professionals in schools. The current number of counselors, social workers, and psychologists in schools is not meeting the growing demand for support among students. Members of the education community highlighted that the current support staff are overwhelmed, with only one full-time school certified psychologist for every 2,672 students in the Waterbury school district.

Advocates noted that there is only one certified school counselor per 333 students from pre-K to 12th grade in Connecticut and one full-time certified psychologist for every 494 students statewide. Additionally, there is only one certified social worker for every 384 students. These numbers show the urgent need for more mental health professionals in schools to support the growing number of students who require support.

The news conference will take place at Westside Middle School in Waterbury at 11:30 a.m., where lawmakers such as Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jahana Hayes will argue for the urgent need for the proposed legislation to address the lack of mental health professionals in schools. They hope to increase funding and resources to hire more mental health professionals and provide better support for students who need it most.

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