It is well-known that early intervention is a key toward improving mental health prognoses for North Carolinians. After all, the majority of mental health conditions arise in late adolescence and early adulthood. The North Carolina Legislature has recognized this truth by instructing school districts to put early intervention strategies in place.

The problem is, how do schools fund these initiatives? In the wake of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, however, more lawmakers on the state and local levels are open to the idea of funding mental health programs for students.

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