3/29/17 – The Cambria-Friesland Board of Education discussed their Mental Health and Anti Bullying Committee at their regular board meeting on Monday night. The goal is to provide onsite mental health services for the school district. Cambria-Friesland District Administrator Tim Raymond says research shows that we are dealing with more and more children who are traumatized and that current-trauma is a bigger problem than post-trauma. Raymond adds the committee was created two years ago as a safety net to make sure the needs of the children were met. The school district partners with Aspen Family Counseling from Portage, and has a part-time therapist that comes every Monday for a half a day. Raymond says last year at this time the therapist was struggling for patients now her doors are overflowing. Next year Aspen Counseling has requested to be at the school for an entire day. Raymond notes that Pardeeville began alongside Cambrie-Friesland, now Poynette is moving forward with the service as well as one to two other districts that are strongly considering it. The committee will be reporting to the board in June to give recommendations on moving forward.
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