Indiana - Early Identification and Referral: Programs and Services

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

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

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.


Indiana Administrative Code 511 4-1.5-5 Student assistance services

(a) School corporations shall provide student assistance services at the elementary and secondary school levels.

(b) Student assistance services shall be coordinated by a:

  • (1) certified school counselor;

  • (2) certified school psychologist; or

  • (3) certified school social worker (master's level).

(c) Student assistance services shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • (1) Prevention, which includes:

    • (A) assisting teachers and parents in delivering the health and social studies proficiencies of the school curricula;

    • (B) collaborating with community resources to develop summer and extended school programs to meet the social and recreational needs of students; and

    • (C) educating school staff and parents on the developmental needs and behavioral management of students.

  • (2) Assessment, which includes:

    • (A) educating school staff and parents to identify and refer students who are experiencing problems that interfere with student learning;

    • (B) obtaining and interpreting data on student needs; and

    • (C) implementing the school's policies and procedures with regard to identifying and referring students with their families who are in need of special services.

  • (3) Intervention, which includes:

    • (A) providing brief individual and group counseling to students and families who need help with personal concerns or developmental problems; and

    • (B) providing consultation services to school staff and parents regarding strategies for helping students cope with personal and social concerns.

  • (4) Referral, which includes:

    • (A) implementing policies and procedures for referring students and families to student assistance services and to community agencies for intensive counseling or other specialized services not available from the school;

    • (B) disseminating a directory of community services and resources; and

    • (C) creating a system to monitor referrals to ensure that students and families receive services in a timely and appropriate manner.

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