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NYC students in hard-hit COVID areas to get mental health check

NYC students in hard-hit COVID areas to get mental health check
“Think of these screenings as an expanded health checkup for students, to learn how they are feeling, how they are getting along with friends and at home,” says NYC first lady Chirlane McCray.

City students in the neighborhoods hardest-hit by COVID-19 will get regular checkups on their mental health in the same way they do for their physical health, city officials said Monday.City officials will begin administering mental health screenings starting next fall at public schools in 27 neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by the virus, Mayor de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray said.prevention when it comes to mental health.The Education Department’s partnership with the Health and Hospitals system will also grow as part of the new initiative, officials said.

But Hizzoner said officials would find room in the budget for the new services.Officials also plan to open 27 new community schools — which offer additional services like counseling and medical care to families through community-based organizations — and hire an additional 150 social workers in the hard-hit neighborhoods.

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