New Jersey - Mental Health Supports for Students Involved in Bullying Incidents: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to provide counseling, safeguards, or other supportive services to students who have been bullied.

New Jersey Revised Statutes 18A:37-15 Adoption of policy concerning harassment, intimidating or bullying by each school district.

b. A school district shall have local control over the content of the policy, except that the policy shall contain, at a minimum, the following components:

  • (7) the range of ways in which a school will respond once an incident of harassment, intimidation or bullying is identified, which shall be defined by the principal in conjunction with the school anti-bullying specialist, but shall include an appropriate combination of services that are available within the district such as counseling, support services, intervention services, and other programs, as defined by the commissioner. In the event that the necessary programs and services are not available within the district, the district may apply to the Department of Education for a grant from the “Bullying Prevention Fund” established pursuant to section 25 of P.L.2010, c.122 (C.18A:37-28) to support the provision of out-of-district programs and services;
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