After a report from the State School Boards Association raised concerns about the number of school psychologists working in districts, another group of employees is reminding officials of their role in supporting students: social workers.
School social workers can also identify mental health issues and behavioral problems.
But there are also parts of their job that can't be taken on by other professionals because of licensing restrictions.
And yet, some social workers argue they are being overlooked in the debate over students mental health care.
Samantha Howell is with the National Association of Social Workers' New York Chapter.