Norwich Schools Cut Funding For In-house Mental Health Counselors

By: Zachary Meseck

NORWICH – After two years of providing in-house mental health counselors to its students for $30,000 a year, the Norwich City School District (NCSD) has officially announced that it will no longer offer the service.

According to NCSD Superintendent Gerard O'Sullivan, the school district provided an office for two in-house counselors from Chenango County's Behavioral Health Services and paid them a total of $30,000 a year in return for mental health services, but has decided to end their agreement with the organization.

"The clients were formerly getting their services over at the Chenango County Office Building about two years ago, before we tried this program," said O'Sullivan. "The individuals who need those services can now return to the office building and continue receiving the same services there."

He said the funding cuts haven't resulted in job cuts, and students will be able to continue getting the services they need at that location.

Chenango Links, a grassroots organization dedicated on spreading information and ensuring transparency in government, made an official statement on the funding issue on Sunday.

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