June 24, 2024

Ramapo Indian Hills school board kills student mental health programs

OAKLAND – The Ramapo Indian Hills Board of Education voted 4-4 on three resolutions Monday, effectively ending two of the district’s student mental health programs.

The votes denied an annual renewal of the district’s 13-year agreement with Sage Thrive Inc. to provide counseling services to students for $370,500 in 2023-2034, as well as a mental wellness training, coaching and certification program for an additional $60,000.

The tie votes also overturned a proposed move from Care Plus to Care Solace to provide an $8,433 referral website that identifies mental health treatment resources for district staff, students and parents.

Superintendent of Schools Rui Dionisio said that “this was the first time as a superintendent that I had any indication that these resolutions would not succeed” and that “we are really moving backwards.”

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