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Proposed Bill Would Bring Mental Health Services to MN Schools

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"We're seeing kids younger and younger who need mental health services," says Jill Skarvold, the Director of Learner Support Services for the Moorhead School District. Skarvold says there is a growing need within the schools.

"We do have counselors and teacher but that's just one level," says Skarvold. Skarvold says the need for mental health services is a must and they are lucky enough to partner up with clinical mental health providers in the community to help those who need it. "We work with Solutions and we are able to partner with them," says Skarvold.

That's why she says the proposed bill that would give schools an extra $10 million over the next two years to bring in mental health specialists would help many students who struggle. "This bill would help reduce barriers that exist so kids don't get pulled out of school," says Skarvold. But even if the bill, although it would help more communities with mental health services it's still not enough. "The proposal would increase from 17% of schools to over 1/3 of them so it doesn't reach all of them," says Skarvold.

But it's a start. And for Skarvold she says they'll continue in Moorhead to work with the community to make sure kids have the help they need.

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