State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth mental health.
Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.07.11.03 Required Training.
A. All certificated school personnel who have direct contact with students on a regular basis shall complete training on or before December 1 of each year, by a method determined by each county board, in the skills required to:
- (1) Understand and respond to youth suicide risk;
- (2) Understand and respond to student mental health, student trauma, student safety and other topics related to student social and emotional well-being; and
- (3) Identify professional resources to help students in crisis.
B. The training required by § A of this regulation shall be:
- (1) Provided to certificated school personnel during an in-service program; or
- (2) A professional development requirement that may be met during time designated for professional development.
Maryland Code 6-704.1 Certification renewal requirement for school counselors.
(a) In general. -- On or before July 1, 2016, the Board shall require a certificate holder applying for renewal of a certificate as a school counselor to have obtained training in, by a method determined by the Board, the knowledge and skills required to understand and respond to the social, emotional, and personal development of students, including knowledge and skills relating to:
- (1) The recognition of indicators of mental illness and behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse; and
- (2) The identification of professional resources to help students in crisis.
(b) Training may exceed training required of other personnel. -- The training required under subsection (a) of this section shall be commensurate with the duties of a school counselor and may exceed the training required of other school personnel under § 6-122 of this title.
(c) Regulations. -- The Board shall adopt regulations to implement the provisions of this section.