State law requires districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.
Ohio Administrative Code 3301-35-01 Purpose and definitions.
(13) "Educational service personnel" are specially qualified individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and expertise to support the educational, instructional, health, mental health and college and career readiness needs for all students. All educational service personnel shall hold appropriate qualifications, including applicable special teaching certificates, multi-age licensure or specific licensure in the areas to which they are assigned.
- (a) Educational service personnel that support educational, instructional and college and career readiness programs include, but are not limited to: fine arts, music, and physical education teachers, librarian or media specialists, school counselors and reading intervention specialists;
- (b) Educational service personnel that support the learning needs of the special needs student population include, but are not limited to: gifted intervention specialists, adapted physical education teacher, audiologist, interpreter, speech-language pathologists, physical and occupational therapists and English as a second language specialist;
- (c) Educational service personnel that support the health and mental health of the student population include, but are not limited to: the school nurse, social worker, school psychologist, and school resource officer.
Ohio Revised Code 3317.26 Expense of wellness and success funds for city, local, and exempted village school districts.
(B) In any fiscal year, a city, local, exempted village, or joint vocational school district, community school, or STEM school shall spend the student wellness and success funds it receives for any of the following initiatives or a combination of any of the following initiatives: (1) Mental health services; (2) Services for homeless youth; (3) Services for child welfare involved youth; (4) Community liaisons; (5) Physical health care services; (6) Mentoring programs; (7) Family engagement and support services; (8) City connects programming; (9) Professional development regarding the provision of trauma informed care; (10) Professional development regarding cultural competence; (11) Student services provided prior to or after the regularly scheduled school day or any time school is not in session. (C) Each city, local, exempted village, and joint vocational school district, community school, and STEM school that is subject to the requirements of this section shall develop a plan for utilizing the student wellness and success funds it receives in coordination with at least one of the following community partners: (1) A board of alcohol, drug, and mental health services established under Chapter 340. of the Revised Code; (2) An educational service center; (3) A county board of developmental disabilities; (4) A community-based mental health treatment provider; (5) A board of health of a city or general health district; (6) A county department of job and family services; (7) A nonprofit organization with experience serving children; (8) A public hospital agency. (D) After the end of each fiscal year, each city, local, exempted village, or joint vocational school district, community school, and STEM school shall submit a report to the department of education, in a manner prescribed by the department, describing the initiative or initiatives on which the district’s or school’s student wellness and success funds were spent during that fiscal year.