Md. Gov. Hogan Signs "Lauryn's Law;" School Counselors to Get More Mental Health Training | NBC4 Washington
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Md. Gov. Hogan Signs "Lauryn's Law;" School Counselors to Get More Mental Health Training

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    A Prince George's County using the grief of her own daughter's suicide to fight for other young people to live, as she pushes for "Lauryn's Law." (Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015)

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed into law a measure to give school counselors additional training in mental health.

    Lauryn's Law passed in the Maryland House and Senate in April. The law is named for Lauryn Santiago, a 15-year-old Prince George's County teen who took her own life. Santiago's mother told News4 that Lauryn was bullied and depressed.

    The law requires school counselors to complete a training class in mental health and substance abuse as a part of their certification renewal every five years.

    "It's good to stay on top of things and see what's new, what's fresh," said Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, who represents the 21st District.