Dear CFISD, implement more youth mental health services on campuses.

Dear CFISD, implement more youth mental health services on campuses.

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Rebecca Lung started this petition to Cfisd

Let’s first begin with general statistics on student sufferers of mental disorders.

It is estimated that, ‘1 in 5 children and youth have a diagnosable emotional, behavioral or mental health disorder and 1 in 10 young people have a mental health challenge that is severe enough to impair how they function at home, school or in the community’. 

Many estimates show that even though mental illness affects children and teens between the ages 6-17 at least one-half and many estimate as many as 80% of them do not receive the mental health care they need. 

If we were to do rough estimates of the amount of students per teacher as these statistics suggest. Let’s suggest that this number is twenty students per class period, out of each class period there would be four students that are likely to suffer with a diagnosed behavioral or mental disorder. 

Cypress Fairbanks ISD has implemented programs to identify these students such as Section 504’s, directed to prevent the discrimination against students with disabilities, however, in order for students to gain equal access to these accommodations they must must undergo a lengthy identification and referral process that must be approved by the Campus Coordinator. 

I personally asked a group of twenty students from the Cypress Falls High School senior class, ten of the individuals being female and the other ten being male, whether or not they recognized CFISD’s Section 504 policies. These students were chosen at random with no specific background or demographic. This short study determined that sixteen out of the twenty students were not aware of CFISD’s Section 504 nor what it consisted of. If CFISD claims to be conducting searches to identify students with disabilities (psychiatric, mental, physical, emotional, etc). How are these disabled students supposed to reach out to resources if they are not aware of these programs’ existence? 

The solution is to implement more on site services, as a student with a psychiatric disability, these services should include a higher budget directed towards adding more social workers to campuses based on the campus population. CFISD campus staff should be more frequently encouraged to attend seminars or lectures regarding mental illness. CFISD campus staff should be given in depth training by professionals (perhaps the qualified district CFISD Mental Health Team/Officers) that could teach the signs of students with mental health disorders, how to appropriately address the needs and accommodations of these students in the classroom alongside how to make the appropriate referrals for Section 504’s. CFISD campus staff should feel well equipped to assist their students and make the appropriate recommendations for their students. Lastly, students should be more aware of the resources that are available to them, such as Section 504’s that could be detrimental to closing the gap of the eighty percent of students that statistically do not get help. 


Sign this petition if you believe in assisting students with mental illness within CFISD and providing them with the equal opportunity to strive, for each campus: elementary, middle or high school- has a great proportion of these students in each school. 

Thank you.

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