Congresswoman Grace Napolitano Visits Magnolia Learning Center

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano visits the Magnolia Learning Center to share her plans for a School-based mental health program on the campus

by Michele Earle
December 11, 2013 • 282 views

El Monte

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano visited Mountain View School District’s Magnolia Learning Center (MLC) to announce her plans to include MLC in her network of school based mental health services. The District received a grant which is part of the Congresswoman’s Mental Health in Schools Act which provides increased federal funding for therapists and mental health services in schools. To date, Napolitano has established school based mental health services in 18 area schools within the 32nd congressional district she serves.

The new program at MLC will provide on-site counseling and therapy for students regardless of whether they have insurance. Counseling services will be provided by licensed mental health professionals from Pacific Clinics. The school based program has proven to be tremendously successful in helping students overcome mental health issues and improving quality of life for them and their families.

“Stigma is the biggest thing we need to erase,” said Napolitano. “Parents, students and families need to know it is okay to seek support.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 1 in 5 U.S. children and adolescents have some form of mental health issue, while 70 percent of adolescents with mental health issues do not receive care.

“We are so thankful for the opportunity to partner with Congresswoman Napolitano and Pacific Clinics to provide support on campus for our students and families,” said Lillian Maldonado French, Mountain View School District Superintendent. “In a focus group conducted by the California Community Foundation, the number one issue community members here in El Monte wanted to have more of was mental health services. In today’s world there are so many challenges our youngsters face and having someone to talk to and help them deal with the stress in their life right at school will be very helpful.”

“Our children are worth it and we need to do all we can to help them achieve their goals,” said Napolitano. “I’m looking forward to the services starting here at MLC and my dream would be to see school based clinics in every school.”

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