Illinois - Early Identification and Referral: Programs and Services

Programs And Services
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regulation; statute

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

Illinois Administrative Code 23-555.30 Program Specifications

a) In order to achieve the goals specified in Section 555.10 of this Part, each proposed project shall include objectives and activities related to:

  • 1) Developing a protocol and structures for meeting the early intervention mental health needs of students, including identifying, referring, and following up on those who could benefit from early intervention, involving parents and other care-givers, and planning for and providing services from qualified mental health professionals, such as:
    • A) assessment,
    • B) individual and group counseling,
    • C) family support, and
    • D) school-wide mental health awareness activities;
  • 2) Coordinating services with those offered by other community-based service systems and providers by:
    • A) developing a framework for the integration of social and emotional learning and mental health-related initiatives based on a team approach that includes school staff, community-based providers, students, and their families to build upon existing mental health structures,
    • B) implementing formal interagency working agreements, and
    • C) providing services in "natural" settings such as schools, youth-serving agencies, or family homes; and
  • 3) Reducing the mental health stigma within the school community by:
    • A) conducting events for the school faculty, students, and family members to increase awareness regarding the impact of mental illness, the efficacy of mental health treatment, and the importance of early identification,
    • B) addressing mental health stigmas that are specific to particular cultures or segments of the community, and
    • C) promoting leadership among students and support for peers with regard to issues of mental health.

b) Each proposed project shall make services available to all students housed in any attendance center for which funding is provided under this Subpart A.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-22.24b. School counseling services.

School counseling services may include, but are not limited to:

  • (1) designing and delivering a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes student achievement and wellness;
  • (2) incorporating the common core language into the school counselor’s work and role;
  • (3) school counselors working as culturally skilled professionals who act sensitively to promote social justice and equity in a pluralistic society;
  • (4) providing individual and group counseling;
  • (5) providing a core counseling curriculum that serves all students and addresses the knowledge and skills appropriate to their developmental level through a collaborative model of delivery involving the school counselor, classroom teachers, and other appropriate education professionals, and including prevention and pre-referral activities;
  • (6) making referrals when necessary to appropriate offices or outside agencies;

Illinois Compiled Statutes 5-2-3.166. Youth suicide awareness and prevention.

(a) This Section may be referred to as Ann Marie’s Law.

(b) The State Board of Education shall do both of the following:

  • (1) In consultation with a youth suicide prevention organization operating in this State and organizations representing school boards and school personnel, develop a model youth suicide awareness and prevention policy that is consistent with subsection (c) of this Section.
  • (2) Compile, develop, and post on its publicly accessible Internet website both of the following, which may include materials already publicly available:
    • (A) Recommended guidelines and educational materials for training and professional development.
    • (B) Recommended resources and age-appropriate educational materials on youth suicide awareness and prevention.

(c) The model policy developed by the State Board of Education under subsection (b) of this Section and any policy adopted by a school board under subsection (d) of this Section shall include all of the following:

  • (1) A statement on youth suicide awareness and prevention.
  • (2) Protocols for administering youth suicide awareness and prevention education to staff and students.
  • (3) Methods of prevention, including procedures for early identification and referral of students at risk of suicide.
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