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

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

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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