State law encourages districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.
Missouri Code of State Regulations 5 20-100.125 Missouri School Improvement Program 6
(1) Pursuant to section 161.092, RSMo, this rule is to be effective two (2) years from the date of adoption of the proposed rule by the State Board of Education (board). The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 6 Standard and Indicators, Appendix A, included herein, is comprised of quantitative and qualitative Standard for school districts and charter schools.
(2) School district and charter school performance will be reviewed annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (department) in accordance with this rule, including the Standard, using the appropriate scoring guide, forms, and procedures outlined by the department. Review of these data will guide the department in determining school districts in need of improvement, in determining the appropriate level of intervention necessary for significant and sustained improvement in student achievement, and in evaluating charter sponsors. Decisions will be made using multiple years of data.
(3) The board will assign school district classification designations of unaccredited, provisionally accredited, accredited, and accredited with distinction.
(4) Districts identified through MSIP as needing improvement must submit a continuous school improvement plan for approval by the department.
(5) A classification designation based on the Standard of MSIP will remain in effect until the board approves another classification designation. The board may consider changing a district's classification designation upon its determination that the district has --
(A) Failed to implement any required school improvement plan at an acceptable level;
(B) Demonstrated significant change in student performance over multiple years;
(C) Employed a superintendent or chief executive officer without a valid Missouri superintendent's certificate in a K-12 school district, or employed a superintendent or chief executive officer without a valid Missouri superintendent's or elementary principal's certificate in a K-8 school district;
(D) Experienced significant change in the scope or effectiveness of the programs, services, or financial integrity upon which the original classification designation was based; and/or
(E) Failed to comply with a statutory requirement.
(6) A local board of education (local board) that is dissatisfied with the classification designation assigned by the board shall request reconsideration within sixty (60) calendar days of notice received of the original classification. The request for reconsideration shall be submitted to the commissioner of education and state the specific basis for reconsideration, including any errors of fact to support reconsideration. Review by the board shall be scheduled within sixty (60) calendar days of receipt of the request for reconsideration and shall be based upon the materials submitted with the original classification, the request for reconsideration, and any materials offered by the commissioner of education or requested by the board.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - MSIP 6 TL9--The school system ensures that technology effectively supports teaching and learning.
E. The school system monitors system supports as a crucial component in the full implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program.
F. The school system provides student support in the form of school counseling and additional supports such as school psychologists, social workers, nurses, and therapists, based on local context and student need.
Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program Manual
Through implementation of the comprehensive school counseling program, school counselors serve as the initial contact for mental health services for students and can provide universal school counseling curriculum, short-term individual or group counseling, responsive crisis intervention services, and referrals to other mental health professionals within or outside the school.