ANNAPOLIS, MD – For the past two legislative sessions, Delegate Angela Angel has presented a bill that would provide access to the type of therapeutic counseling services Mayor Cathy Pugh mentioned during Friday’s press conference. On Thursday, March 10th at 1pm, Delegate Angel will present House Bill 786 to the House Ways and Means committee. House Bill 786 authorizes school personnel to refer students that may be in need of behavioral and/or mental health counseling and requires insurance companies to pay for counseling services provided in school.
“I stand in agreement with Mayor Pugh for the need to have therapeutic counseling available for students in school. In addition to dealing with unexpected tragedies that impact our communities, students should have a safe space to speak with a licensed professional on site to address their mental health needs” said Delegate Angel. “I look forward to working with Mayor Pugh on her efforts to meet the needs of the students in Baltimore City and throughout the state of Maryland”.
If passed, House Bill 786 requests schools to provide space in the building for a student and licensed clinical professional counselor to meet privately during school hours for individualized or group counseling services with minimal interruptions to the student’s academic schedule.
Delegate Angel looks forward to working with Mayor Pugh and members of the legislative body to ensure that students receive access to mental health services in their schools.
Delegate Angela Angel currently represents the 25th District of Prince George’s County in the Maryland General Assembly. Elected in 2014, Angela serves on the Health Government and Operations Committee and is Vice Chair of the Bi-County Subcommittee of the Prince George’s County House Delegation. She is an active member of both the Legislative Black Caucus and the Women’s Caucus and serves on the Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council.