More School Districts Provide Counseling for Students Affected by Family Opioid Use

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A growing number of school districts nationwide are providing mental health counseling for students whose families are affected by opioid use, NPR reports.

In October, Congress authorized $50 million annually for the next five years to fund mental health services to help school districts treat students who have experienced trauma because of the opioid crisis.

“Schools have more kids who cannot access the learning environment,” said Sharon Hoover, Co-Director of The National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Children are “suffering from family substance abuse and schools are feeling the burden.”

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