Amy Riley, a school counselor in Mercer County, told the legislators, "The isolation of the Covid pandemic has had a profound effect on the mental health of my students and students across the state."
"We don’t want to be reactive. We want to be proactive," Tyree said. "Tier one means that every single student, every kindergartner, every first grader that comes in the door, before they ever show any kind of problems or at-risk behavior, we’re already talking about articulating their feelings, how to be socially acceptable with the way that they address those feelings, how they can regulate themselves and have social regulation."
“It is my earnest plea that when making crucial funding decisions, you not forget the mental health needs of Kentucky students,” she said. “Any money and resources spent on mental health needs in Kentucky schools is money that will have an infinite return for the investment.”