Maryland - Alcohol and Drug-use Intervention Programs: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to implement school-based alcohol and drug referral, intervention or treatment programs for students with substance use disorders.

2017 Maryland Code Education 7-440. Individualized or group behavioral counseling services.

(a)  Definitions. --

  • (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
  • (2) "Behavioral health counseling services" means prevention, intervention, and treatment services for the social-emotional, psychological, behavioral, and physical health of students, including mental health and substance abuse disorders.
  • (3) "Health care provider" has the meaning stated in § 20-104 of the Health - General Article.

(b)  In general. --

  • (1) The Maryland Department of Health, in conjunction with the Department, shall recommend best practices for county boards of education to provide to students:
    • (i) Behavioral needs assessments; and
    • (ii) Individualized or group behavioral health counseling services with a health care provider through a school-based health center or through community partnered school-based behavioral health services.

(c)  Construction of section. -- This section may not be construed to require a county board to provide behavioral needs assessments or individualized or group behavioral health counseling services to students.

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