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Is Maryland meeting students' mental health needs?

 Credit: Pasco County Schools/Flickr Creative Commons
Credit: Pasco County Schools/Flickr Creative Commons

The United States is in the midst of a mental health crisis among children, and the pandemic only made the situation worse.

Sharon Hoover co-directs the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. We ask her about Maryland’s shortage of school psychologists and social workers. Check out America's School Mental Health Report Card.

Shantay McKinily directs the Positive Schools Center at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She’s a former principal now coaching schools on how to reduce suspensions by taking a restorative approach to conflict. And Diya Slayton, elementary principal of the Belair-Edison School in Baltimore, tells us how this approach transformed her school.

Check out the Positive Schools Center Facebook page.

Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.
Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.