Following Governor Murphy’s announcement his administration will be extending the School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP) through the 2024 school year, the Monmouth County Assembywomen issued the following statement:
“We are ecstatic to learn that our efforts to reverse the governor’s proposal to abolish the SBYSP have proven successful. This vital program saves young lives and improves mental health and the lives of our teachers, parents, and other stakeholders who rely on it. The SBYSP provides an integrated, comprehensive approach to student mental health by offering immediate interventions to get students back on track.”
“But these programs must continue as currently offered, not just through the 2024 school year. We will therefore appeal to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to rethink this decision and come to a solution that will improve the lives of young people throughout New Jersey. We will also continue to urge Governor Murphy to let our SBYSPs continue providing the level of care our students have come to trust.
Assemblywomen Piperno and Eulner previously published an open letter in response to the governor's proposed NJ Statewide Student Support Services (NJ4S) model that would have abolished the SBYSP in the 2023 school year. They also cosponsor Assembly bill A4808 requiring the DCF to administer the SBYSP as currently established in perpetuity.