The LCPCM Legislative Chair and committee members work diligently to oversee Maryland’s legislation and regulations that affect the clinical professional counseling profession and the people we serve. LCPCM works with a professional lobbyist to assure that our members have the best representation possible in the Maryland General Assembly. Since 1998, LCPCM worked for LCPC parity with the other clinical mental health professions in Maryland. Our successes have been many and we take pride in our accomplishments on the behalf of our members and all LCPCs practicing in Maryland. During the Maryland legislative session, information on legislation that is of particular interest to Maryland LCPCs is available under the members only Legislative Alert tab.
Rachael began with LCPCM during the 2017 legislative session. She has more than 15 years of experience in public policy, with expertise in legislative and regulatory developments in behavioral health, disabilities, and education. Prior to Public Policy Partners, she was the Director of Government Affairs and Communications at the Behavioral Health Administration within the Maryland Department of Health, where she managed the development of statutory and regulatory changes for establishing the Behavioral Health Administration. She was also the Director of Education Policy and Legislative Liaison for the Maryland Department of Disabilities. She has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
The Maryland General Assembly is the legislature for the state of Maryland. It is in session for four months of the year from January through April. During that time over 2500 bills are introduced. Hearings are held and votes are taken. There are two chambers in the General Assembly. One is the House of Delegates and the other is the Senate. Each chamber has standing committees based upon general subject matter. The state has 47 districts represented by 47 Senators and 141 Delegates.