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School Mental Health Services Expand

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford schools are expanding their mental health services for students. This comes as the school board identified mental health as one of the biggest issues facing the district.

The school district has shored up $200,000 in funds to hire mental health counselors. They’ll be taking bids from mental health providers this week in the hopes that the money will go far enough to hire one councilor for each school. At the same time, they just received a 30,000 dollar grant to explore building mental health facilities at each school.

“The outside influences on the classroom have become such an issue that we don’t know what to do with that. We actually need more support for that. Kids and families need more support, so this is our effort to start moving forward,” explained Todd Bloomquist, the Director for Secondary Education.

Right now that facilities are in the planning stage. The district will be taking feedback from each school, parents, and the school board. They hope to start building next year.