California - Early Identification and Referral: Programs and Services

Programs And Services
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State law encourages or requires districts to implement identification and referral processes to link students and families with needed resources.

California Welfare and Institutions Code 4380 School-Based Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention Services Matching Grant Program

Subject to the availability of funding each year, the Legislature authorizes the director, in consultation with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to award matching grants to local educational agencies to pay the state share of the costs of providing programs that provide school-based early mental health intervention and prevention services to eligible pupils at schoolsites of eligible pupils, as follows:
(a) The director shall award matching grants pursuant to this chapter to local educational agencies throughout the state.
(b) Matching grants awarded under this part shall be awarded for a period of not more than three years and no single schoolsite shall be awarded more than one grant, except for a schoolsite that received a grant prior to July 1, 1992.
(c) The director shall pay to each local educational agency having an application approved pursuant to requirements in this part the state share of the cost of the activities described in the application.
(d) Commencing July 1, 1993, the state share of matching grants shall be a maximum of 50 percent in each of the three years.
(e) Commencing July 1, 1993, the local share of matching grants shall be at least 50 percent, from a combination of school district and cooperating entity funds.
(f) The local share of the matching grant may be in cash or payment in-kind.
(g) Priority shall be given to those applicants that demonstrate the following:

  • (1) The local educational agency will serve the greatest number of eligible pupils from low-income families.
  • (2) The local educational agency will provide a strong parental involvement component.
  • (3) The local educational agency will provide supportive services with one or more cooperating entities.
  • (4) The local educational agency will provide services at a low cost per child served in the project.
  • (5) The local educational agency will provide programs and services that are based on adoption or
    modification, or both, of existing programs that have been shown to be effective. No more than 20 percent of the grants awarded by the director may be utilized for new models.
  • (6) The local educational agency will provide services to children who are in out-of-home placement or who are at risk of being in out-of-home placement.
    (h) Eligible supportive services may include the following:
  • (1) Individual and group intervention and prevention services.
  • (2) Parent involvement through conferences or training, or both.
  • (3) Teacher and staff conferences and training related to meeting project goals.
  • (4) Referral to outside resources when eligible pupils require additional services.
  • (5) Use of paraprofessional staff, who are trained and supervised by credentialed school psychologists, school counselors, or school social workers, to meet with pupils on a short-term weekly basis, in a one-on-one setting as in the primary intervention program established pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 4343) of Part 3. A minimum of 80 percent of the grants awarded by the director shall include the basic components of the primary intervention program.

California Health and Safety Code 124174.6 Public School Health Center Support Program

The department shall establish a grant program within the Public School Health Center Support Program to provide technical assistance, and funding for the expansion, renovation, and retrofitting of existing school health centers, and the development of new school health centers, in accordance with the following procedures and requirements:

(a) A school health center receiving grant funds pursuant to this section shall meet or have a plan to meet the following requirements:

  • (1) Strive to provide a comprehensive set of services including medical, oral health, mental health, health education, and related services in response to community needs.
  • (2) Provide primary and other health care services, provided or supervised by a licensed professional, which may include all of the following:
    • (A) Physical examinations, immunizations, and other preventive medical services.
    • (B) Diagnosis and treatment of minor injuries and acute medical conditions.
    • (C) Management of chronic medical conditions.
    • (D) Basic laboratory tests.
    • (E) Referrals to and followup for specialty care.
    • (F) Reproductive health services.
    • (G) Nutrition services.
    • (H) Mental health services provided or supervised by an appropriately licensed mental health professional may include: assessments, crisis intervention, counseling, treatment, and referral to a continuum of services including emergency psychiatric care, community support programs, inpatient care, and outpatient programs. School health centers providing mental health services as specified in this section shall consult with the local county mental health department for collaboration in planning and service delivery.

California Health and Safety Code 124174.6 Public School Health Center Support Program

(3) Work in partnership with the school nurse, if one is employed by the school or school district, to provide individual and family health education; school or districtwide health promotion; first aid and administration of medications; facilitation of student enrollment in health insurance programs; screening of students to identify the need for physical, mental health, and oral health services; referral and linkage to services not offered onsite; public health and disease surveillance; and emergency response procedures. A school health center may receive grant funding pursuant to this section if the school or school district does not employ a school nurse. However, it is not the intent of the Legislature that a school health center serve as a substitute for a school nurse employed by a local school or school district.

(4) Have a written contract or memorandum of understanding between the school district and the health care provider or any other community providers that ensures coordination of services, ensures confidentiality and privacy of health information consistent with applicable federal and state laws, and integration of services into the school environment.

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