At the 2021 State of the County address, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced plans to focus on mental health in schools as part of the county’s COVID-19 recovery effort.
The County held its annual State of County address on November 16, during which Ball emphasized the need to expand the county’s efforts to address mental health and wellbeing in its public schools.
Ball a new partnership with the Horizon Foundation, the Kahlert Foundation, and the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) that will invest nearly $2 million for enhanced mental health services in all 78 county public schools. Included in the plan is a goal to provide direct access to a social worker in all 78 schools.
“We are committed to long-term investments in supporting the needs of our educators and schools throughout Howard County,” Ball said. “We are committed to strengthening linkages to community-based mental health resources.”
On education, County Executive Ball also highlighted $60 million in capital budget commitments for school construction projects in the county, and a A $5.75 million investment to secure 10 acres of land to bring a new school to Turf Valley.