At the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, May 1, the Anne Arundel County Parent Coalition (AACPC) and the student-formed initiative Our Minds Matter outlined a set of requests in response to the growing problems of youth mental illness. “Tonight, I stand before you seeking action – immediate, swift and meaningful action,” said Jennifer Sowers, the executive director of AACPC, speaking before the board. “These issue presented to you tonight are life and death.”
Following testimony from two Severna Park High School students, Parker Cross and Megan Moulsdale, who helped organized Our Minds Matter, Sowers, a Pasadena resident, spoke on behalf of the parent coalition and requested the board vote at its next meeting to establish a committee of third-party, licensed mental health professionals who can establish standard operating procedures. Based on the recommendations of these professionals, AACPS will then implement the changes across the county. The scope of the committee will include the following:
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