School counselor on impacts of cuts to school-based services

The fight over cuts to student mental health services was waged outside the State House in Trenton on Friday. A group of impassioned students and school workers rallied to protest Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed $12 million cut to school-based mental health counseling and suicide prevention programs. The money was slashed as part of the revised budget due to the pandemic.

Advocates like Nick Spanola, a counselor at Brick Memorial High School, say the consequences could be devastating. Spanola started an online petition to save the program with just weeks to go before the budget is finalized. He joins Senior Correspondent Briana Vannozzi to discuss the impacts of the budget cuts.