Illinois - School-based or School-linked Mental Health Services: Programs and Services

Programs And Services
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regulation; statute

State law requires districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.

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;
  • (7) providing college and career development activities and counseling;
  • (8) developing individual career plans with students;
  • (9) assisting all students with a college or post-secondary education plan;
  • (10) intentionally addressing the career and college needs of first generation students;
  • (11) educating all students on scholarships, financial aid, and preparation of the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid;
  • (12) collaborating with institutions of higher education and local community colleges so that students understand post-secondary education options and are ready to transition successfully;
  • (13) providing crisis intervention and contributing to the development of a specific crisis plan within the school setting in collaboration with multiple stakeholders;
  • (14) educating students, teachers, and parents on anxiety, depression, cutting, and suicide issues and intervening with students who present with these issues;
  • (15) providing counseling and other resources to students who are in crisis;
  • (16) providing resources for those students who do not have access to mental health services;
  • (17) addressing bullying and conflict resolution with all students;
  • (18) teaching communication skills and helping students develop positive relationships;
  • (19) using culturally-sensitive skills in working with all students to promote wellness;
  • (20) addressing the needs of undocumented students in the school, as well as students who are legally in the United States, but whose parents are undocumented;
  • (21) contributing to a student’s functional behavioral assessment, as well as assisting in the development of non-aversive behavioral intervention strategies;
  • (22) (i) assisting students in need of special education services by implementing the academic supports and social-emotional and college or career development counseling services or interventions per a student’s individualized education program (IEP); (ii) participating in or contributing to a student’s IEP and completing a social-developmental history; or (iii) providing services to a student with a disability under the student's IEP or federal Section 504 plan, as recommended by the student's IEP team or Section 504 plan team and in compliance with federal and State laws and rules governing the provision of educational and related services and school-based accommodations to students with disabilities and the qualifications of school personnel to provide such services and accommodations;
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