ChildNet CEO and President Larry Rein's Latest Sun Sentinel South Florida 100 Opinion

Larry Rein, CEO and President, ChildNet

According to the Sun Sentinel, Florida lawmakers are again considering increased funding for school-based mental health services. A good thing, obviously. Hopefully, however, this time we will avoid an unintended consequence of prior increases - therapists fleeing local behavioral healthcare organizations for school system jobs, disrupting care for those desperately needing stability and not really increasing local therapeutic capacity but simply shifting it. Perhaps schools should instead use new funding to subcontract with local organizations to provide needed services on site. Those behavioral healthcare organizations could then work to grow their clinical workforce and truly increase local service capacity.