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Professional Development for Mental Health

Professional Development for Mental Health

State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth mental health.

Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 2018 Act 44. Article XIII-B. School Safety and Security. Section 1310-B. School safety and security training.

School entities shall provide their employees with mandatory training on school safety and security subject to the following based on the needs of the school entity: (1) Training shall address any combination of one or more of the following, based on the needs of the school entity:

  • (i) Situational awareness.
  • (ii) Trauma-informed approaches.
  • (iii) Behavioral health awareness.
  • (iv) Suicide and bullying awareness.
  • (v) Substance use awareness.
  • (vi) Emergency training drills, including fire, natural disaster, active shooter, hostage situation and bomb threat.
  • (vii) Identification or recognition of student behavior that may indicate a threat to the safety of the student, other students, school employees, school facilities, the community or others. (2) Training may be provided through the Internet or other distance communication systems. (3) Employees shall complete a minimum of three hours of training every five years. (4) Employees required to undergo continuing professional education under section 1205.2 shall receive credit toward their continuing professional education requirements if the training program has been approved by the department in consultation with the committee.
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