Georgetown, TEXAS (KXAN) - A Central Texas high school is making big strides when it comes to dealing with mental health concerns. East View High School in Georgetown is bringing a licensed professional on board.
"There's a real need out there, and whether you want to talk about society or anything else, there's just a need out there," said Brad Domitrovich, with Georgetown Independent School District.
Georgetown ISD launched a behavioral health pilot program, partnering with Lone Star Circle of Care to bring a therapist to East View High School.
"Students don't exist in a vacuum," said East View Principal Dave Denny. "They come to us with some of the difficulties they face; that families are facing."
School counselors help students with scheduling, keeping grades on track, testing and college prep, and so on. But someone trained in psychotherapy takes counseling a step further.
"Students don't see school counselors quite in the same level," Denny said. "Those counselors take care of a lot of things, but they don't necessarily see them in the therapeutic role."
The therapist will work at the school Monday through Friday and even during the summer.
"What this is going to enable us to do is have the professional counselor right here, and all the sessions can be done right here at this campus," Domitrovich said.
Typically a counselor, nurse or teacher will refer a student. In some cases, a student might go straight to the therapist.
"They have to cope with those problems, cope with those situations, and so, sometimes they need some help doing so, more so than ever before," Denny said.
Lone Star Circle of Care is funding the program. And the Georgetown Healthcare Special Asset Foundation provided a 50-thousand dollar grant to help pay a portion of the costs for the services at EVHS for the first year.
A man convicted 21 years ago for engaging in ritual child abuse was released Thursday after the DA's office agreed the only physical evidence against him was faulty.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
Tom Pauken said on Thursday that he wouldn't file for the GOP primary for governor, explaining that the difficulties of running against the best-funded statewide candidate in the state would be too great.
Winter is invading Texas with a vengeance as snow, sleet and ice are unleashed on much of northern and western sections of the state.
Several organizations on Thursday called for an end to the use of stun guns in schools, saying the incident Cedar Creek High School last month shows the dangers of such devices.
The expected winter weather has delayed initial construction work on MoPac until the rain and cold temperatures pass through.