Indiana - School-Community and Interagency Partnerships: Partnerships

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State laws encourages districts to establish school-community partnerships to address student needs.

Indiana Code 20-34-3-20 Memorandum of understanding between school corporation and community mental health center or provider; referrals; documentation; diagnosis

(a) Before July 1, 2016, each school corporation may enter into a memorandum of understanding with a community mental health center established under IC 12-29-2 or a provider certified or licensed by the division of mental health and addiction to establish conditions or terms for referring students of the school corporation to the mental health care provider or community mental health center for services.
(b) A school corporation may not refer a student to a mental health care provider or a community mental health center for services unless the school corporation has received the written consent of the student’s parent or guardian.
(c) If a school corporation refers a student to a mental health care provider, the school corporation may note the referral in the student’s cumulative record but may not include any possible diagnosis or information concerning the student’s mental health other than any medication that the student takes for the student’s mental health. A student record that contains medical information must be kept confidential.
(d) A school counselor or other employee of a school corporation may not diagnose a student as having a mental health condition unless the individual’s scope of practice includes diagnosing a mental health condition.

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