Miami-Dade County Public Schools has established a Department of Mental Health Services to coordinate and facilitate services between schools and community agencies and ensure students who are referred for mental health care and treatment are accessing services. The plan came to fruition after the passing of Senate Bill 7026, which allocated approximately $6.2 million to the District for the establishment or expansion of mental health services. The new department also includes the following:Hiring 30 Mental Health Coordinators/Social Workers to assist schools with a more rapid identification of students in need of mental health services and screenings.40 additional mental health providers being hired by the Children’s Trust to assist schools with a more rapid identification of students in need of mental health services and screenings.Expanding partnerships with outside agencies to strengthen the collaboration between schools and community to provide a full continuum of services.All schools will have a Threat Assessment Team and a Mental Health Team to discuss students who may need mental health services and direct these students to school and community resources to get the assistance needed. School-site teachers and staff will participate in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, an 8-hour program designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, which teaches the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges. These trainings kick off on the two Teacher Planning Days scheduled for September 10 and 19. New students registering must report previous mental health issues so schools can follow up and ensure necessary support and services are provided. Additional programs will be developed that support efforts to identify, report and prevent bullying; provide sensitivity training in the areas of race, gender, socio economic status, linguistic differences and disabilities; and provide a culture of respect.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers won a game Saturday on a made free throw by DeAndre Jordan.And who says this team didn’t improve enough in the offseason?Clinching a victory on Jordan’s free throwing is no more unlikely than the Clippers doing so on J.J. Redick’s oboe playing.Winning in this manner is all the proof necessary that anything is possible in life, not to mention in the NBA, where the consensus is the Clippers will need a miracle of similar proportions this season to secure the franchise’s first title. If the Rams can sit atop the NFC West, even for just a week, why can’t the Clippers rise above the Warriors in a performance equally as stunning?Well, for one thing, Golden State added Kevin Durant in the offseason and the Clippers added Marreese Speights.For another, the Warriors have been to consecutive NBA Finals and the Clippers still haven’t survived beyond the postseason’s second round. Ever.For a third, Steph Curry has won seven playoff series the past two seasons and Chris Paul has won four in 11 years.The gap between these rivals is still deep and wide enough to produce an echo, one that returns to the Clippers like a slap across the face.Along with Speights, the Clippers also have added Brandon Bass, Raymond Felton and Alan Anderson.So they do look better. But they still don’t look good enough.Like the rest of the Western Conference, the Clippers will open the season wondering if they can remain within an arm’s length of the Warriors. And here, I’m talking about one of 6-foot-11 Jordan’s arms.As recently as May of 2014, the Clippers beat Golden State in a playoff series. The next season, however, the Warriors won the NBA championship.They leapt forward after a coaching change and with notable improvement to varying degrees by Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes. They also became a tougher team to make baskets against.The question for the Clippers today: Where is their notable — and necessary — improvement going to come from?Blake Griffin can be better, first off by being healthier. He’s attempting to add a more consistent 3-point shot these days, something that could expand his game in more ways than one.At 28, Jordan also still has time to grow his skills, his experience this summer with the U.S. Olympic team the same platform from which other NBA players have boosted careers.But, as for the rest of the roster, the Clippers are exactly what they appear to be at the moment — a team still among the best in the league but nowhere near being the best in the league.“We’ve added better players and we’ve added some toughness,” said Rivers, who probably is right, especially as it concerns Speights.As a former Warriors reserve, the 6-10 center also improved significantly two years ago entering the team’s title-winning season.But, for whatever reason, as Golden State attempted to defend its championship, Speights’ minutes and production fluctuated so much that, by the end, a divorce was necessary.“I think this team has a chance, a real chance,” Speights said of the Clippers. “Look at the talent around here. This is a very good team. I could see something big happening this season.”There is one thing to keep in mind about the NBA, the most predictable of all our major sports leagues. Even when you think you know exactly what’s going to happen, Kevin Durant flees Oklahoma City.That’s right. And the Warriors were locks to win the title in the spring. And LeBron James never would return to Cleveland. And Kobe Bryant was going to leave the Lakers how many times?Personally, I don’t see this one happening. No way. These Clippers are just too similar to all those other Clippers.I can’t find enough reasons why Chris Paul’s sixth season should end any better than his previous five here.But then, I never thought I’d see the Clippers win the way they did Saturday, either. Somewhat ironically and completely fittingly, Jordan’s performance at the line Saturday also lost a game for the Clippers, his converted free throw capping the scoring in an intrasquad scrimmage that ended 54-53.By going 1 for 2 in the final five seconds, Jordan brought to an end the team’s training camp at UC Irvine, 50 percent an acceptable success rate on which to go out, particularly for a player whose career free-throw accuracy is eight points lower.“If you’re going to script a way to end a game that was pretty good, with D.J. making a free throw,” coach Doc Rivers said with a laugh. “That was good.”So, even as the Clippers departed Orange County afterward still trailing the Golden State Warriors on paper — and pretty much any patch of hardwood available — this much should be noted:The last team to hold its training camp here began Sunday as the most shocking first-place entry in the NFL.
DES MOINES — A resolution proposing a constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences unanimously passed a three-member state senate panel Wednesday.Two felons spoke at the subcommittee’s hearing. Sixty-year-old Rick Sattler of Iowa City was convicted of vehicular homicide in 2006 and is paying 150-thousand dollars in restitution.“I’m not diminishing what I did. I feel terrible about what I did. I live with that every day,” Sattler said. “…That’s not what this is about.”Sattler — and others around the room — said giving felons the right to vote is about redemption and second chances. Sheila Corsbie, a lobbyist for the United Methodist Church, was paroled in 2009 and is among the felons who applied to the governor to have their voting rights restored.“Because of getting my rights back and becoming a productive member of society, now I am able to give back to people,” she said, “and I think if I wasn’t given my rights back, who knows where I would be.”Rick Admiraal, pastor of New Life Prison Community at the Newton prison, said he sees inmates who want to change their lives.“Part of changing your life is reintegration into the society after a person is released,” Admiraal said. “I strongly believe that we don’t need to punish people excessively, that we need to give them a second chance.”Pat Stalter of Adel, a pastor of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ Church in Woodward, said she believes in second chances “without strings attached.”“I believe in redemption. I believe in wholeness,” Stalter said, “and this legislative body has a chance to move into that space.”Governor Kim Reynolds has made this issue a top priority. Kayla Lyon from her governor’s staff told legislators they were hearing “powerful” testimony today.“She truly does believe in second chances and that’s why we’re talking about this today,” Lyon said. “She believes that the voting rights of a convicted felon should not be forever stripped and further she does not believe the restoration should be in the hands of a single person.”Since Reynolds became governor, she has used her authority to restore voting rights to 122 paroled felons. The governor told reporters she’s granted two of those requests this week and she spoke to both applicants.“I can’t even begin to describe to you their appreciation for that phone call and what it means to them to really get back their dignity and really become a better citizen in the state of Iowa,” Reynolds said during her weekly news conference Wednesday.A month ago, a subcommittee in the Iowa House embraced the governor’s proposed constitutional amendment on felon voting rights.