Lawrence school board members on Monday approved a new agreement between the district and Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center that will allow students to receive ongoing care, if needed.
More changes in mental health and substance use disorder service delivery are afoot in Douglas County. By the end of 2022, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will have transitioned to a new, integrated model of care.
Students in the Lawrence school district will continue to have the support of an in-school mental and behavioral health program following uncertainty about a funding source for the 2022-23 school year, according to Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.
The future of WRAP, the Lawrence school district’s in-school mental and behavioral health program, remains up in the air for the 2022-23 academic year.
Budget cuts were the central focus of district staff as well as the public commenters who called for reductions of administrators’ six-digit salaries at Monday’s Lawrence school board meeting.
Recent incidents and their aftermath at Billy Mills Middle School have some families on edge with concerns about student safety. On top of that, students at two other middle schools allegedly made false reports of a shooting and a threat on Monday, and police were investigating a threat to a Lawrence elementary school Monday night.
The Lawrence school board on Monday heard from several administrators with updates on student behavioral and mental health, restorative practice and more. It also approved the district’s first contract with PAL-CWA.
The Lawrence school board on Monday ratified an unpopular master agreement with the teachers union, discussed COVID-19 protocols, noted cuts to WRAP funding and more.
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