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County supports will provide mental health clinicians at area schools

Cordova High School and Mills Middle School are two of ten Sacramento schools who will have mental health clinicians provided by county resources and will become "centers of wellness" thanks to a partnership between the Sacramento County Office of Education and the Sacramento County Department of Health Services.

Background information

The COVID-19 crisis forced schools to go virtual in March 2020 creating high stress levels for students, families, and educators. As schools plan to reopen, meeting the safety and social and emotional wellness needs of all students will be a priority.

On June 24, 2020, David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Peter Beilenson, Director of the Sacramento County Department of Health Services, formally announced a groundbreaking partnership that over the next several years will place mental health clinicians in every school in the county and make schools “centers of wellness” in their communities. The program has the approval of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. The initial cohort starting this fall will include ten schools.