Mental Health Curriculum law

Online mental health training for educators

Feb 19, 2019
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A new online training program in the state is now available to help educators better prepare for supporting student mental health. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) provides the service for educators.

Are there enough school psychologists across NYS?

Dec 5, 2018
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A new report finds 29-percent of school superintendents across New York State said their school districts lack enough school psychologists to help students with mental health needs.  Surveys were issued to superintendents and school psychologists from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSBA) and the New York Association of School Psychologists. The report is titled Of Sound Mind: Do schools have enough mental health support staff to meet student need?

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An elementary school in the Williamsville Central School District has a mental health team in place. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently met with the group of teachers to discuss how they are working to meet the needs of their students. 

High school students express issues of anxiety

Nov 12, 2018
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Some area high school students from the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls participated in a small focus group in our WNED/WBFO studio.  This student focus group is part of our Corporation for Public Broadcasting Education Innovation Planning grant. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students described mental health challenges.  

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A Buffalo Public school will be receiving funding from the State Education Department and State Office of Mental Health.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Burgard High School is one of three schools selected in the state for advancing the mental health of students.  

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Although a new state law directs school districts to implement mental health curriculum's, some local districts involved with the Western New York Family Support Center Coalition have been addressing student mental health needs for years. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says mental health is the primary focus of this coalition.    

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With the new mandated state law for mental health education in schools across New York State, we learned more about how two school districts implemented a mental health curriculum.  As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, senior reporter Eileen Buckley leads a conversation with New York State Regent Catherine Fisher Collins, who represents Western New York; Michael Cornell, Superintendent of the Hamburg Central School District; and Mark Laurrie, Superintendent of the Niagara Falls City School District.