Just over half of US schools offer mental health assessments for students

More public schools are now offering mental health services.

An analysis shows just 55% of schools nationwide during 2019-2020 evaluated students with potential mental health conditions.

During the 2019-2020 school year, 42% of schools provided psychotherapy, medication or counseling from a licensed professional.

The number represents a 4% increase from the previous school year.

Around two-thirds of middle schools and high schools offered mental health assessments, compared to just half of elementary schools.

Over 60% of schools in cities and 45 % of rural schools provide mental health assessments for their students.

However, 40% of them had to cut back on services due to a lack of access to licensed professionals.

The Biden administration has bolstered mental health services in schools as the pandemic showed a growing mental health crisis.