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ACHS mental health treatment program shows progress

Seventy percent of Ashe County High School students treated by the school’s new Assessment, Support and Counseling Center have “recovered,” or improved, according to data released by the program.

Dr. Kurt Michael, ACHS Assessment, Support, and Counseling Center coordinator told the Ashe County Board of Education on June 6 that treatment outcomes have improved at least 7 percent from mid-year data given in January.

“When I came and spoke in January, we found about 63 percent of those kids at an elevated level either were “recovered,” at a very low range of symptoms or improved,” Michael said. “Our numbers at the end of the year suggest that almost 70 percent showed that same outcome. So, seven out of 10 are showing the improvements we are looking for.”


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