Rep. John P. Sarbanes on Strengthening Student Health Services

WASHINGTON, DC – Greek-American Congressman John P. Sarbanes, who represents Maryland’s third congressional district, issued the following statement on June 7 regarding strengthening health services for students:

Today, children and adolescents are facing growing mental health challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the gun violence crisis. We must act to meet the acute need for mental and behavioral health services in all communities and keep our children safe and healthy.

I recently hosted a roundtable with Howard County Superintendent Calvin Ball and Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano to discuss efforts to protect the health and student well-being.

Our conversation focused on the current state of mental health services for children and adolescents as well as the way forward to provide essential health services to every student who needs them. School-based health centers (SBHCs) are one of the most powerful tools we have to meet the growing demand for these services.

I have long led the effort in Congress to stimulate and strengthen SBHCs, which play a vital role in providing high-quality and comprehensive primary and preventive health care, mental health services, social services and youth development, especially for underserved populations.

I’ve had the pleasure of leading the effort to secure more than $35 million in federal funding for SBHCs over the past two years and I’m fighting for even more in fiscal year 2023.

I will continue my work to ensure children have what they need to thrive inside and outside of the classroom. Now is exactly the time to step in for children in Maryland and across the country.

Sincerely,

John P. Sarbanes

Maryland’s Third Congressional District

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