Side-by-side stories on The Post’s front page last Sunday presented the stark mental health dilemma for public schools. Sonja Isger reported that advocates are pressing for universal mental health screening of children to catch problems early. Allison Ross reported that students sent to mental hospitals for out-of-control behavior often don’t get the follow-up help they need.
How cruel is it to identify children who need mental health resources that are unavailable or in critically short supply? Then again, how cruel is it to not even try to gauge the need? Florida should be building its mental health “infrastructure,” but as The Post’s Dara Kam reported March 10, Gov. Scott and the Legislature are unlikely to significantly increase spending on mental health.
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