With students heading back to school, mental health advocates and educators are waving a red flag after discovering Gov. Phil Murphy’s revised budget proposal cuts nearly $12 million to a state office providing school-based services for mental health counseling, sex education, suicide and substance abuse prevention. Advocates are calling the cuts unconscionable at a time when those issues among teens are on the rise. A spokesperson for the state says the services are offered in just a fraction of schools and can be found elsewhere. Dr. Eileen Kennedy Moore is a child psychologist based in Princeton and disagrees with that argument. She joins Senior Correspondent Briana Vannozzi.
An award-winning journalist, Briana Vannozzi serves as the anchor for NJ Spotlight News. She's worked in several capacities since joining the news division in 2012, as interim anchor and senior correspondent after years of general assignment reporting as a multimedia journalist. Vannozzi began her television journalism career by cutting her teeth on New Jersey State House politics for New Jersey Network News. And later as a news radio correspondent at FM News 101.9 in New York City. A Burlington County native, she's honored to be serving and covering her home state.