Students and Emotional Health
An evaluation of the lack of state and local policy regarding mental health services for seriously emotionally disturbed (SED) students in public schools.
# 91757 | 1,209 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 |
Published on Feb 05, 2007 in Education (Education Psychology) , Education (Special) , Psychology (Disorders)
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The paper provides background information that supports the need for mental health services. The paper also offers a comprehensive overview of methods state, local and federal agents can adopt to help the collaborative effort to support the health and well being of this unique population of students. The paper notes that people classify SED as an educational issue or a mental health issue, but contends that addressing the needs of SED is a community issue that requires attention from educational and health authorities. The paper concludes that multiple agencies must pool their resources to provide mental health assistance to students to ensure the greatest possible chances for their success and well being.
From the Paper:"From an educational standpoint a gap currently exists between SED students and mental health support. This is due to many reasons including lack of funding and appropriate access to resources within the school system for these students. As Sowers (1998) notes there is a "disproportionate share of problem second graders" at the school she used to work at; but she has also noticed the same problems at every "elementary and secondary school in the country" in a society that suffers from various problems including "mental illness" and educational under funding. The school districts according to Sowers (1998) are at best, "overburdened and under funded" hence unprepared to take on the challenges of students with some form of mental illness; only a fraction of secondary and elementary school currently receive mental health support for students whether in public or in private."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Andres, D. & Smith, M. (1995). "Program for children with serious emotional disturbance." Biennial Evaluation Report, 93-94. 5, Feb 2006: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Biennial/315.html
- Beronio, K. (2005). "Federal grants programs improving access to children's mental health services." National Mental Health Association Report. 5, Feb. 2006: http://184.108.40.206/archives/mchb/amchp2004/f7/ppt/24c_Beronio.ppt.
- Scallet, L., Bush, S., Rockwood, M. & Fields, R. (2000). "Enhancing youth services." National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, 5, Feb. 2006: http://www.naphs.org/youth_services/lewinpaper.html
- Sowers, L. (1998, Jun). "Problems can overwhelm schools." Houston Chronicle. 5, Feb. 2006: http://www.chron.com/cgi-bin/auth/story.mpl/content/chronicle/health/special/child/p2/overview.html
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