Senate approves Millett bill to increase time school counselors and social workers spend with students

Posted: April 02, 2019 | Senator Millett

AUGUSTA — Legislation from Sen. Rebecca Millett, D-Cape Elizabeth, LD 247 “An Act To Increase the Amount of Time School Counselors and Social Workers Spend Providing Students Direct and Indirect Counseling,” received unanimous bipartisan endorsement by the Senate on Tuesday.


The bill would require that school counselors and social workers spend 80 percent of their time providing direct and indirect services to students.


“It’s important that our students receive the support they need,” said Sen. Millett. “I’m glad my colleagues unanimously supported this bill which will provide additional time for school counselors and social workers to work with students.”


School counselors and social workers currently work in a wide range of areas, from guiding individual student planning to providing responsive mental health services. They also act on behalf of students by providing referrals for additional assistance and consultation, and collaborating with parents, teachers and other educators. LD 247 will make sure school counselors and social workers have more time to focus on the jobs for which they were hired and support our students.


The bill faces further votes in the Maine House and Senate.