January 10th, 2023
Michael Cohen, Ph.D, ABPP, FAACP, is a licensed psychologist and member of the Connecticut Psychological Association.
Legislators in Massachusetts are following the lead of other New England states in trying to get a bill passed to provide mental health sick days for public school students.
Massachusetts State Rep. Tami Gouveia, DrPH (D- 14th Middlesex District), filed a bill on mental health sick days for students at the start of 2021 and State Rep. Carol Doherty (D-3rd Bristol District) also filed similar legislation.
“As a legislator, mother, and social worker, I know all too well the impact that stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions have on our young people,” Gouveia said. “That is why I jumped at the chance to file legislation when the idea for this bill was proposed by Ethan Kerr, a high school student in my district.
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