- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tuscaloosa city schools officials have approved of providing students with on-campus mental health services.

Director of special education Bruce Prescott tells the Tuscaloosa News (https://bit.ly/1svWA3c ) many students need mental health services and he expects other districts to consider similar policies in the future.

The newspaper reports the city’s board of education on Tuesday approved a memorandum of understanding with Indian Rivers Mental Health Center to provide on-site mental health therapy and crisis intervention services.

Assistant Superintendent of general administration Mike Daria says the move is also aimed at keeping students from having to leave school during the day to attend therapy sessions.

The memorandum says a full-time mental health therapist will provide 30-minute sessions to students Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, https://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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