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

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

Minnesota Statutes 2018 Public welfare and related activities, Chapter 256 Human services, 256.995 School-linked services for at-risk children and youth

Subd. 3.  Services. The program must be designed not to duplicate existing programs, but to enable schools to collaborate with county social service agencies and county health boards and with local public and private providers to assure that at-risk children and youth receive health care, mental health services, family drug and alcohol counseling, and needed social services. Screenings and referrals under this program shall not duplicate screenings under section 121A.17.

Minnesota Statutes 2018 Education code, Chapter 121A Student rights, responsibilities, and behavior, 121A.26 School preassessment teams.

Every public school, and every nonpublic school that participates in a school district chemical abuse program shall establish a chemical abuse preassessment team. The preassessment team must be composed of classroom teachers, administrators, and to the extent they exist in each school, school nurse, school counselor or psychologist, social worker, chemical abuse specialist, and other appropriate professional staff. The superintendents or their designees shall designate the team members in the public schools. The preassessment team is responsible for addressing reports of chemical abuse problems and making recommendations for appropriate responses to the individual reported cases.
Within 45 days after receiving an individual reported case, the preassessment team shall make a determination whether to provide the student and, in the case of a minor, the student’s parents with information about school and community services in connection with chemical abuse. Data may be disclosed without consent in health and safety emergencies pursuant to section 13.32 and applicable federal law and regulations.

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