School Districts Spend Big on Teletherapy

Dec 4, 2023, 1:24 PM

(From AP News) Online therapy services are booming in at least 16 of the largest U.S. public school districts, responding to the surge in youth mental health struggles. Contracts worth over $70 million have been signed, funded in part by federal pandemic relief money. Teletherapy addresses shortages of in-person practitioners, offering accessibility, particularly for rural and lower-income students. Critics raise concerns about the quality of care from fast-growing tech companies, as schools face challenges hiring counselors. Despite concerns, teletherapy proves effective for many students dealing with issues like depression, anxiety and bullying, studies show.

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