Washington - Mental Health Supports for Students Involved in Bullying Incidents: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to provide counseling, safeguards, or other supportive services to students who have been bullied.

Revised Code of Washington 28A.320.127 Plan for recognition, screening, and response to emotional or behavioral distress in students, including possible sexual abuse.

(1) Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, each school district must adopt a plan for recognition, initial screening, and response to emotional or behavioral distress in students, including but not limited to indicators of possible substance abuse, violence, youth suicide, and sexual abuse. The school district must annually provide the plan to all district staff.

(2) At a minimum the plan must address:

  • (a) Identification of training opportunities in recognition, screening, and referral that may be available for staff;
  • (b) How to use the expertise of district staff who have been trained in recognition, screening, and referral;
  • (c) How staff should respond to suspicions, concerns, or warning signs of emotional or behavioral distress in students;
  • (d) Identification and development of partnerships with community organizations and agencies for referral of students to health, mental health, substance abuse, and social support services, including development of at least one memorandum of understanding between the district and such an entity in the community or region;
  • (e) Protocols and procedures for communication with parents and guardians, including the notification requirements under RCW 28A.320.160;
  • (f) How staff should respond to a crisis situation where a student is in imminent danger to himself or herself or others;
  • (g) How the district will provide support to students and staff after an incident of violence, youth suicide, or allegations of sexual abuse;
  • (h) How staff should respond when allegations of sexual contact or abuse are made against a staff member, a volunteer, or a parent, guardian, or family member of the student, including how staff should interact with parents, law enforcement, and child protective services; and
  • (i) How the district will provide to certificated and classified staff the training on the obligation to report physical abuse or sexual misconduct required under RCW 28A.400.317.

(3) The plan under this section may be a separate plan or a component of another district plan or policy, such as the harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policy under RCW 28A.300.2851 or the comprehensive safe school plan required under RCW 28A.320.125.


Washington State Prohibition of Harrassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

Step 7: Support for the Targeted Student Persons found to have been subjected to harassment, intimidation, or bullying will have appropriate district support services made available to them, and the adverse impact of the harassment on the student shall be addressed and remedied as appropriate.

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