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Senator Mike Doherty Senator Mike Doherty (R-23)
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September 9, 2020
Doherty to Murphy: Don’t Cut Student Counseling Funding During Pandemic

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Senator Signs on to Bipartisan Resolution to Restore School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP)

In response to Governor Phil Murphy’s push to cut school mental health programs by $14 million, Senator Michael Doherty is calling for these funds to be restored as soon as possible.

Doherty recently signed on as a co-sponsor to a bipartisan budget resolution to reestablish aid for the School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP).

In response to Gov. Murphy’s push to cut school mental health programs by $14 million, Sen. Michael Doherty is calling for these funds to be restored as soon as possible. (Pixabay)

“In the midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis that is impacting the psychological health of New Jerseyans both young and old, it is cruel to cut funding for our student’s mental health services,” said Doherty (R-23). “This rollercoaster ride of a year and the uncertainty of the future is making many, particularly students, apprehensive and anxious. I am proud to stand with both my republican and democrat colleagues in the New Jersey Legislature and demand this mental health funding be restored immediately.”

In response to Gov. Murphy’s announcement to cut funding, there has been significant pushback from mental health advocates, education interest groups, parents, and students across the state.

“Unfortunately, the shutdown has resulted in an increase in domestic violence, child abuse, drug use, and suicidal ideation across our nation,” added Doherty. “September is National Suicide Prevention Month. We should do all that we can to heighten awareness of mental health issues that children face and work together to prevent the unthinkable for families across New Jersey.”

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