Gadsden City Schools Expands Their Mental and Behavioral Health Services for Elementary School Students

Gadsden City Schools (AL), an Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant recipient, used its grant funds to hire two counselors and two social workers. The counselors and social workers provided students with individual counseling, group counseling, and crisis intervention.  The social workers liaised between the school system and partnering agencies in the community to plan activities for students. During the grant period, Gadsden City Schools also used funding to establish a few district-wide initiatives, including drug awareness activities involving presentations by local substance abuse agencies and Red Ribbon Week lessons; clothing drives to provide students in need with winter apparel and shoes; child abuse awareness activities that involved art projects; nutrition education events with partnering churches; and a symposium series to train service providers on sex trafficking and anti-bullying prevention.

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