Snyder hosts House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on school safety Tuesday in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, March 27 – In efforts to discuss ways to improve school safety, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable on the issue.

Snyder requested this meeting to have a policy discussion on school safety with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, local school officials, and local law enforcement. Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and other Pennsylvania House lawmakers from across the state joined the discussion.

Snyder also gave a briefing on her H.B. 381, which would amend the Allowing Minors to Consent to Medical Care Act, giving the Pa. Department of Human Services the authority to issue guidelines and adopt rules and regulations to clarify a minor’s right to mental health treatment.

“Today’s Policy Committee roundtable is a great follow up to a Mental Health and School Safety news conference I participated in two weeks ago in Harrisburg,” Snyder said. “It provides an opportunity to bring the conversation home and focus on making sure people get the proper treatment for mental illness without attaching stigma.”

Sturla added, “As we look to improve safety for students in all education institutions from elementary to college, I think a natural part of that discussion should include the mental health component. Thank you to Representative Snyder for being willing to stand up for this issue and not shying away from such a challenging topic.”

Discussion panelists included: Carol Kuntz, director of Safe Schools Office, state Department of Education; Dr. Keith Harbauer, superintendent, Brownsville Area School District; Michael Timko, director of security, Brownsville Area School District; John Menhart, superintendent, Carmichaels Area School District; Brian Tanner, mayor, Waynesburg Borough; and Rob Toth, chief of police, Waynesburg Borough.


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