State law encourages districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.
8 New York Codes, Rules and Regulations 100.19 Takeover and restructuring of failing and persistently failing schools.
(5) The receiver shall create the school intervention plan in accordance with Education Law section 211-f and any applicable collective bargaining agreement(s) and provision(s) of article 14 of the Civil Service Law. In creating the school intervention plan, the receiver shall ensure that the plan includes the following research-based components: (i) strategies to address the tenets of the diagnostic tool for school and district effectiveness; (ii) strategies to address social service, health and mental health needs of students in the school and their families in order to help students arrive and remain at school ready to learn; provided that this may include mental health and substance abuse screening; (iii) strategies to improve or expand access to child welfare services and, as appropriate, services in the school community to promote a safe and secure learning environment; (iv) as applicable, strategies to provide greater access to career and technical education and workforce development services provided to students in the school and their families in order to provide students and families with meaningful employment skills and opportunities; (v) strategies to address achievement gaps for English language learners, students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students, as applicable; (vi) strategies to address school climate and positive behavior support, including mentoring and other youth development programs; (vii) strategies to provide professional development and other supports to the staff of the school to ensure that they have the capacity to successfully implement the school intervention plan and to sustain the components of the plan after the period of the school receivership has ended; (viii) a budget for the school intervention plan, including a description of how any funds provided through a persistently struggling schools transformation grant will not be used to fund, in whole or in part, existing programs and services including but not limited to staff salaries; (ix) strategies to improve student achievement through development of collaborative partnerships with the local school community that are designed to develop and sustain the capacity of the local school community to implement such strategies to ensure continued improvement in student achievement after the period of the school receivership has ended; and (x) strategies by which the independent receiver will apply for allocational and competitive grants and other resources for the school to the extent practicable.
MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION LITERACY IN SCHOOLS: LINKING TO A CONTINUUM OF WELL- BEING
Guide addresses evidence-based programs, policies, and practices for mental health promotion and/or intervention in schools.
New York Consolidated Laws 3641. Special apportionments and grants-in-aid to school districts
6-a. Community school grants. a. Within the amount appropriated for such purpose, subject to a plan developed by the state council on children and families in coordination with the commissioner and approved by the director of the budget, the commissioner shall award competitive grants pursuant to this subdivision to eligible school districts or in a city with a population of one million or more an eligible entity to implement, beginning in the two thousand thirteen–two thousand fourteen school year, a plan that targets school buildings as community hubs to deliver co-located or school-linked academic, health, mental health, nutrition, counseling, legal and/or other services to students and their families in a manner that will lead to improved educational and other outcomes. In a city with a population of one million or more, eligible entities shall mean the city school district of the city of New York, or not-for-profit organizations, which shall include not-for-profit community based organizations. An eligible entity that is a not-for-profit may apply for a community school grant provided that it collaborates with the city school district of the city of New York and receives the approval of the chancellor of the city school district of the city of New York. (1) Such plan shall include, but not be limited to: (i) The process by which a request for proposals will be developed; (ii) The scoring rubric by which such proposals will be evaluated, provided that such grants shall be awarded based on factors including, but not limited to: measures of school district need; measures of the need of students to be served by each of the school districts; the school district’s proposal to target the highest need schools and students; the sustainability of the proposed community schools program; and proposal quality; (iii) The form and manner by which applications will be submitted; (iv) The manner by which calculation of the amount of the award will be determined; (v) The timeline for the issuance and review of applications; and (vi) Program implementation phases that will trigger payment of set percentages of the total award.
New York Consolidated Laws 414. Use of schoolhouse and grounds.
- Schoolhouses and the grounds connected therewith and all property belonging to the district shall be in the custody and under the control and supervision of the trustees or board of education of the district. The trustees or board of education may adopt reasonable regulations for the use of such schoolhouses, grounds or other property, all portions thereof, when not in use for school purposes or when the school is in use for school purposes if in the opinion of the trustees or board of education use will not be disruptive of normal school operations, for such other public purposes as are herein provided; except, however, in the city of New York each community school board shall be authorized to prohibit any use of schoolhouses and school grounds within its district which would otherwise be permitted under the provisions of this section. Such regulations shall provide for the safety and security of the pupils and shall not conflict with the provisions of this chapter and shall conform to the purposes and intent of this section and shall be subject to review on appeal to the commissioner of education as provided by law. The trustees or board of education of each district may, subject to regulations adopted as above provided, permit the use of the schoolhouse and rooms therein, and the grounds and other property of the district, when not in use for school purposes or when the school is in use for school purposes if in the opinion of the trustees or board of education use will not be disruptive of normal school operations, for any of the following purposes: (j) For licensed school-based health, dental or mental health clinics. (i) For the purposes of this subdivision, the term “licensed school-based health, dental or mental health clinic” means a clinic that is located in a school facility of a school district or board of cooperative educational services, is operated by an entity other than the school district or board of cooperative educational services and will provide health, dental or mental health services during school hours and/or non-school hours to school-age and preschool children, and that is: (1) a health clinic approved under the provisions of chapter one hundred ninety-eight of the laws of nineteen hundred seventy-eight; or (2) another school-based health or dental clinic licensed by the department of health pursuant to article twenty-eight of the public health law; or (3) a school-based mental health clinic licensed or approved by the office of mental health pursuant to article thirty-one of the mental hygiene law; or (4) a school-based mental health clinic licensed by the office for people with developmental disabilities pursuant to article sixteen of the mental hygiene law. (ii) Health professionals who provide services in licensed school-based health, dental or mental health clinics shall be duly licensed pursuant to the provisions of title eight of this chapter unless otherwise exempted by law and shall be authorized to provide such services to the extent permitted by their respective practice acts. (iii) Except where otherwise authorized by law, the cost of providing health, dental or mental health services shall not be a charge upon the school district or board of cooperative educational services, and shall be paid from federal, state or other local funds available for such purpose. Building space used for such a clinic shall be excluded from the rated capacity of the school building for the purpose of computing building aid pursuant to subdivision six of section thirty-six hundred two of this chapter or aid pursuant to subdivision five of section nineteen hundred fifty of this chapter. (iv) Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to justify a cause of action for damages against a school district or a board of cooperative educational services by reason of acts of negligence or misconduct by a school-based health, dental or mental health clinic or such clinic’s officers or employees.
Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Substance Abuse Action Plan - Recommended Evidence-Based Programs, Policies and Practices
Site identifies evidence-based programs, policies, and practices for mental health promotion and/or intervention in schools.
Title IV, Part A - Student Support and Academic Enrichment
Site provides guidance on use of Title IV, Part A SSAE funds, which may be used to provide school-based mental health services.