Back-to-School: Mental health education

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A new state law now requires mental health education to be in the school curriculum.

White Plains Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ricca says under the new state mandate, districts are required to incorporate mental health education into their curriculums. He says his district is going beyond the requirement by offering students in-school therapy.

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A team of clinical therapists from Andrus will oversee the program that's also being launched in six other Westchester school districts, including Peekskill and Yonkers. 

The program provides therapy for children who are emotionally distressed, bullied or in crisis.

Health experts say the in-school mental health program provides a layer of attention for students who wouldn't otherwise have the resources. 

Highlands Middle School principal Ernie Spatafore says the program will enhance the student's overall education.

The program is set to kick off this fall.

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