President of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Sacramento, March 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The need to immediately respond to California’s youth mental health crisis was addressed today by Dr. Michele Nealon, Psy.D., president of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (based in Los Angeles) as she testified on Senate Bill 1302 before the state Senate Education Committee in Sacramento.

Dr. Nealon, whose graduate program trains nearly one in ten new psychologists in the state, spoke of the need for a billion-dollar initiative proposed by State Senator Anthony J Portantino ( D-La Canada Flintridge), which would provide grants for mental health. support centers on high school campuses.

The bill, introduced earlier this year, follows broad mental health issues, such as pandemic isolation, racial violence and war in Ukraine, leading to increased incidents of depression, anxiety and suicide among young people.

“Our children are in crisis and we must begin to address their mental health needs or deal with the consequences of a generation of adults who will suffer physically and emotionally for years to come,” Dr Nealon said. “Tackling youth mental health early is an investment in our future.

According to Senator Portantino, schools are a logical place where young people can get help. “Teachers and administrators are overwhelmed and students need access to mental health resources more than ever. The SB 1302 addresses this issue and is necessary for the long-term well-being and academic success of our students,” he adds.

“Studies suggest that a majority of students are not currently receiving the care they need,” said Senator Portantino. “More than three in four principals report that students’ emotional and mental health needs were an issue, and two in three teachers said they were not equipped to deal with their students’ mental health. .

A 2020 report from the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission found that one in three high school students reported feeling chronically sad and hopeless, with that number rising to more than half for LGBT students. One in six high school students said they had thought about suicide in the past year, and one in three LGBT students.

SB 1302 would award $1 billion to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for annual grants of up to $250,000 each to high schools to establish or improve student welfare centers. The bill would require grant funds to provide comprehensive medical and behavioral health services, including activities that will help students be physically, mentally and spiritually healthy in order to learn successfully.

About the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Integrating theory with practical experience, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides an education rooted in a commitment to innovation, service, and community for thousands of diverse students across the United States and around the world. Founded in 1979, the nonprofit, regionally accredited university now offers campuses in iconic locations across the country (Chicago, Southern California, Washington, DC, New Orleans, Dallas) and online. To spark positive change in the world where it matters most, The Chicago School has continued to expand its educational offerings beyond the field of psychology to offer more than 30 degrees and certificates in the professional fields of health services, nursing, education, counseling, business. , and more. Through its engaged professional education model, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an extensive network of national and international professional partnerships, Chicago School students benefit from real-world training opportunities that reflect their future career. The Chicago school is also proud to be affiliated with TCS, a nonprofit college system that advances student success and community impact. To learn more, visit

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