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Md. lawmakers consider bill to help public schools recruit mental health professionals

A proposed bill would expand the Janet Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program, which currently covers loans for teachers, lawyers and other professionals.

If passed, House Bill 488 would provide up to $30,000 in loan repayment to school psychologists, resource psychologists, psychologist coordinators, social workers, social worker supervisors, and mental health coordinators in public schools.

Delegate Joe Vogel of Montgomery County, who sponsored the proposed bill, told 7News: "You have to have attended an accredited college or university, have a degree in social work or school psychology or one of those related fields and you have to be currently working in a Maryland public school and you have to be working there for at least one year."


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