Mental-health crunch on campusThe Wall Street Journal.
Students at George Washington University will be charged an additional US$1,667 in tuition next year, a jump of 3.4%. More than US$830,000 of the resulting new revenue will pay for mental-health services. Regents at the University of California system are weighing a plan to hire 70 additional psychologists – a 40% increase – and 20 more psychiatrists – a 60% jump – to keep up with the demand at counselling centres across its 10 campuses. Administrators estimate the annual cost of the hires would top US$17.4 million, and they plan to raise a mandatory annual student services fee to US$1,242 from US$972 by the 2019-20 academic year to cover some of the expense.
Nearly 59% of college counselling centre directors reported that their operating budgets rose in 2013, up from 23% in 2012 and 15% in 2009, according to a survey by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. Yet many schools fall far short of recommendations regarding the number of mental-health professionals they should have for the size of their student populations – and about one-third don’t have a psychiatrist on campus at all.
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