Utah - 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.

Utah Administrative Code R277-400-8. Prevention and Intervention.

A. LEAs shall provide schools, as part of their regular curriculum, comprehensive violence prevention and intervention strategies such as resource lessons and materials on anger management, conflict resolution, and respect for diversity and other cultures.

B. As part of the violence prevention and intervention strategies, schools may provide age-appropriate instruction on firearm safety including appropriate steps to take if a student sees a firearm or facsimile in school.

C. LEAs shall also develop, to the extent resources permit, student assistance programs such as care teams, school intervention programs, and interagency case management teams.

D. In developing student assistance programs, LEAs should coordinate with and seek support from other state agencies and the Utah State Office of Education.

Utah Administrative Code R277-609-4. LEA Responsibility to Develop Plans.

(1) An LEA or school shall develop and implement a board approved comprehensive LEA plan or policy for student and classroom management, and school discipline.

(2) An LEA shall include administration, instruction and support staff, students, parents, community council, and other community members in policy development, training, and prevention implementation so as to create a community sense of participation, ownership, support, and responsibility.

(3) A plan described in Subsection (1) shall include:

  • (a) the definitions of Section 53G-8-210;
  • (b) written standards for student behavior expectations, including school and classroom management;
  • (c) effective instructional practices for teaching student expectations, including:
    • (i) self-discipline;
    • (ii) citizenship;
    • (iii) civic skills; and
    • (iv) social skills;
  • (d) systematic methods for reinforcement of expected behaviors;
  • (e) uniform methods for correction of student behavior;
  • (f) uniform methods for at least annual school level data-based evaluations of efficiency and effectiveness;
  • (g) an ongoing staff development program related to development of:
    • (i) student behavior expectations;
    • (ii) effective instructional practices for teaching and reinforcing behavior expectations;
    • (iii) effective intervention strategies; and
    • (iv) effective strategies for evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of interventions;
  • (h) procedures for ongoing training of appropriate school personnel in:
    • (i) crisis intervention training;
    • (ii) emergency safety intervention professional development; and
    • (iii) LEA policies related to emergency safety interventions consistent with evidence-based practice;
  • (i) policies and procedures relating to the use and abuse of alcohol and controlled substances by students;
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