OCTOBER 11, 2017 • COMMUNITY PRESS/NORTHWEST • 3A
Cincinnati schools worried about cuts to mental health services Lara Korte Cincinnati
As Cincinnati Public Schools look for ways to improve mental health resources for students, administrators are worried about potential cuts to psychological counseling services, which are part of school-based Medicaid programs. Mental health is on the mind of many parents and educators following the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Taye in January. Gabriel killed himself two days after other students knocked him un-
conscious in a Carson Elementary School. Gabriel’s death came amid an outbreak of youth suicide in Hamilton County. Last year, there were 13 suicides of people under 18, and so far this year, there are eight. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last that calls for $880 billion in cuts to Medicaid, the federalstate partnership that provides healthcare to low-income Americans. Many of the health care centers housed in Cincinnati schools are paid for,
in part, through Medicaid reimbursements, and could be in jeopardy if the bill advances. CPS works with the local non-profit Mind Peace to bring mental health agencies into the schools. It’s what Superintendent Mary Ronan calls a private/public partnership, where private services are brought into public schools. The district also has 25 full-service health centers, three dental clinics, and a vision clinic in its schools.
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