Legislative Updates

April 2021

     Legislative links, information and opportunities from state to federal . . .

Maryland General Assembly (442nd session)

To connect to the Senate President and House Speaker, further explore House & Senate Standing Committees, Joint Standing Committees and MD Manual On-Line, click on:  https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/07leg/html/ga.html.

The General Assembly closed its 2021 ‘90 day’ session on April 12th. To find bills that passed both chambers at the time you are reading this you can link to http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite, scroll down to the Legislation section and click on Bills Passed by Both Chambers. One bill of note that passed both chambers and is awaiting the Governor's signature is the Interstate Licensed Professional Counselors Compact (SB571/HB736). The National Center for Interstate Compacts has a webpage for the compact which includes FAQs, an infographic, factsheets, a copy of the compact and section summary, and other resources. They can be found at https://counselingcompact.org. Consider checking in with your delegates and senator to see if any post-session Town Hall meetings are being planned for your district.


117th US Congress

The House and the Senate will not be in session again until April 12th.


To get the latest from the White House . . .

and learn more about our 46th president of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., our 49th vice president, Kamala Harris, and the growing number of Executive Orders, memorandums and proclamations: https://www.whitehouse.gov/

  • March Call for WorkforceInRecoverySignOnLetter.pdf  Collaboratively signed by the respective leadership of the National Skills Coalition, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, MCDA, NCDAMCA and  more . . .
  • The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman


MCDA’s national and state legislative direction (or its particular cause or policy) has been and will continue to be linked to its affiliations. As a MCDA member, you also may enjoy membership in all three affiliate groups NCDA, ACA and MCA, in only one more or in just two of the three. However, your membership $dollars$ in MCDA links you to the advocacy efforts of all three groups.


Current NCDA Federal Legislation and Policy Issues

     https://www.ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/govtrelations

Three key federal issues that will impact career counselors:

  1. Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
    Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization
  2. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
    Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Reauthorization
  3. Appropriations for the Departments of Labor and Education
    Appropriations

Each issue includes policy provisions, program developments or spending cuts that will directly affect career counselors across the country.

Also see pdf handouts:

Current ACA Federal Issues

     https://www.counseling.org/government-affairs/federal-issues

Save-the-Dates & plan to attend the following ACA Advocacy Power Hours. Registration links will be provided here closer to the virtual events.

All Thursdays, all beginning at 3:00 PM

  • May 13, 2021 03:00 PM
  • Jun 10, 2021 03:00 PM

April’s ACA Advocacy Power Hour discusses climate changes impact on mental health with three experts in the mental health and environmental policy and advocacy fields. You can view "Climate Change and Mental Health" on ACA’s YouTube channel, Counseling Views, or at: Climate Change & Mental Health | ACA Advocacy Power Hour (April 2021). If you have any questions or would you like to follow up, please contact the Government Affairs and Public Policy Team at advocacy@counseling.org.

Please click on the following pdf handouts for further information on ACA's Federal Issues:

    1. ACA Responds to Violence, Harassment and Bullying Against Asian American Community.pdf
    2. ACA'S RESPONSE TO THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT'S MOA WITH ICE
    3. MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT
    4. FUNDING FOR SCHOOL COUNSELING
    5. OPIOID ADDICTION
    6. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND COUNSELORS
    7. FEDERAL GRANTS FOR COUNSELING


    Current MCA State & Federal Issues

    Advocacy Day 2021 Summarized

     Letter from the President (from Compass Points, Fall 2020 issue)

      Carol ZA McGinnis PhD, SIP, BC-TMH, NCC, LCPC

    “We are passionate about advocacy that will empower the voiceless and the oppressed in our world and want to be a part of positive change to the poor, the disenfranchised, and the mentally ill.”

    “Please know that MCA cares about you and your family at this difficult time and welcomes ideas for advocacy that comes with this investment in our political system.”

    Currently, the Advocacy Committee is following and preparing information for MCA members on numerous bills being proposed and worked on in the US Congress. The MCA website will be updated to provide summaries and possible action steps. A brief overview of the bills we are posting are concerning:

    1. Funding for safety and health risk programs for COVID-19
    2. Mental health services for children separated from parents at the border
    3. Mental health screening for children entering foster care
    4. Trauma support and mental health services for children and youth in educational settings
    5. Department of Veterans Affairs fulfilling shortages with licensed mental health professionals
    6. Research on mental health disparities of minorities


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