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Comptroller urges the city to boost mental-health staffing in schools

Posted 8/26/22

Despite ever-increasing demand for mental-health services in city public schools, more than a quarter of schools do not have a social worker on staff, the state comptroller’s office has found. 

Last fall, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Surgeon General warned that there is a mental-health crisis among children that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Although the city Department of Education added 500 social workers ahead of the last school year, that wasn’t enough to meet recommended staffing ratios for counselors, according to an audit report by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office released Aug. 18.

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