Kosierowski to introduce legislation addressing shortage of mental health professionals in schools

TAYLOR, Feb. 20 – State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, today said she plans to introduce legislation to address the shortage of mental health professionals in schools.

Under H.B. 2320, a loan forgiveness program would be established for individuals seeking to serve as school counselors, psychologists or social workers. Qualifying mental health school professionals would be able to receive up to $40,000 in loan forgiveness in exchange for serving in a Pennsylvania school for a minimum of four years.

“Currently, many of our children across Pennsylvania do not have access to mental health professionals when they may need it most,” Kosierowski said. “This bill would encourage these qualified and bright individuals to study and join these important workforces, which will improve school safety and support our students.”

Kosierowski said she authored the bill after holding a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing this week which addressed the issue. Kosierowski is currently seeking co-sponsors of the legislation.