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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 11, 2018 02:20 PM
From: Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. and Sen. Thomas J. McGarrigle
To: All Senate members
Subject: Providing for More Access to Mental Health Professionals in Schools
 
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation which will increase the ability for school districts to hire professionals to focus on the mental health needs of their students.

Through conversations with school officials in our districts, it is evident that we need to dedicate serious and sustainable funding to enable our schools to assist their students with mental health needs.

Over the years, schools have reduced the number of guidance counselors yet have increased their responsibilities. This legislation will empower school districts to hire the professionals they need to fill this void by providing options to hire a social worker, school psychologist, or guidance counselor to solely focus on mental health issues.

The funding for this legislation will come from the current filing fees for civil actions, legal proceedings, and property transfers; as well as, criminal, traffic, and summary filings. By redirecting these fees to address mental health concerns in our schools, we will be preventing school violence and providing a resource to our schools that they desperately need.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.



Introduced as SB1213