Onslow County considers mental health partnership for schools

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The Onslow County Board of Education took a first look Tuesday night at a plan designed to bring mental health services into county schools.

The program would allow mental health service provider PRIDE in North Carolina to come into county schools.

There would be no cost to the county, and all services would be covered by the student’s insurance.

The executive director of student services for Onslow County, Dr. Brendan Gartner, said a huge part of the national mental health crisis in schools is because of lack of access to mental health resources.

“One in five students in North Carolina has some form of mental illness between the ages of 12 and 18,” said Gartner. “And 75 percent of them don’t have access to services. So this is going to be something that’s going to provide service to some of our students who don’t otherwise have access to those services for whatever reason.”

There is no set timeline yet for when this partnership would be voted on by the board or when mental health services would begin in schools.

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