Ray Gadd, deputy superintendent for Pasco County Schools, has been named to a state task force seeking solutions to address mental health and substance abuse issues.
Gadd told members of the Pasco County School Board, at their Oct. 5 meeting, that he had been appointed by Senate President Wilton Simpson to serve on the Senate Commission on Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
“It’s made up of people that represent education and community mental health from all across the state. We meet about once a month for the next two years,” Gadd said.
The task force has high hopes for improving the coordination of efforts by school systems and community mental health organizations in taking on these problems, rather than using a silo approach, he said.
“I’m hopeful that some really good things will come out of that task force,” Gadd said.
He also invited board members and district staff to bring issues to his attention that he can present in task force discussions.
Published October 13, 2021