Leesburg—John Whitbeck, candidate for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, announced today his plan today to expand mental and behavioral health support in Loudoun County public schools. Recently, Loudoun began placing psychologists and social workers in each middle and high school. Whitbeck would support a pilot program to cover all schools.
“We have a duty to foster a positive and healthy environment both at home and in our schools,” said Whitbeck. “That’s why as Chairman I will work with our school board and other stakeholders to find and fill the gaps in support that exist in mental and behavioral health.”
As a mental health attorney, Whitbeck has worked to help families with mental health concerns for nearly 20 years. By providing support in schools, students will have access to the resources they need to succeed in their personal and academic lives.
“My team and I have heard concerns about mental and behavioral health quite often during this campaign,” said Whitbeck. “Loudoun has been on the forefront of critical issues like school safety and I want us be a local leader on mental health as well.”
Whitbeck has also advocated for a mental health position in the County Attorney’s office modeled after the highly successful pro bono clinic he ran for 10 years in Fairfax County.
“If elected Chair of the Loudoun Board, I will do what I have done for almost 20 years in my law practice and make access to mental health care a priority.”