Texas - Multi-tiered Positive Behavior Supports: Programs and Services (S/D)

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to implement school-wide positive behavioral interventions or tiered frameworks.

Texas Statutes Health and Safety Code 161.325 Mental Health Promotion and Intervention, Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention, and Suicide Prevention

(a) The department, in coordination with the Texas Education Agency and regional education service centers, shall provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based programs and research-based practices in the areas specified under Subsection (a-1) for implementation in public elementary, junior high, middle, and high schools within the general education setting. Each school district may select from the list a program or programs appropriate for implementation in the district.

(a-1)[2 Versions: As amended by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., ch. 714 (H.B. 4056), Sec. 1]
(a-1) The list must include programs and practices in the following areas:

  • (1) early mental health intervention;

  • (2) building skills related to managing emotions, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and responsible decision-making;

  • (3) substance abuse prevention;

  • (4) substance abuse intervention;

  • (5) suicide prevention;

  • (6) trauma-informed practices;

  • (7) positive school climates; and

  • (8) positive behavior supports.

(a-1)[2 Versions: As amended by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., ch. 522 (S.B. 179), Sec. 12]
(a-1) The list must include programs in the following areas:

  • (1) early mental health intervention;

  • (2) mental health promotion;

  • (3) substance abuse prevention;

  • (4) substance abuse intervention;

  • (5) suicide prevention;

  • (6) grief-informed and trauma-informed practices;

  • (7) building skills related to managing emotions, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and responsible decision-making;

  • (8) positive behavior interventions and supports and positive youth development; and

  • (9) safe and supportive school climate.


Texas Statutes Education Code 37.0013 Positive Behavior Program

(a) Each school district and open-enrollment charter school may develop and implement a program, in consultation with campus behavior coordinators employed by the district or school and representatives of a regional education service center, that provides a disciplinary alternative for a student enrolled in a grade level below grade three who engages in conduct described by Section 37.005(a) and is not subject to Section 37.005(c). The program must:

  • (1) be age-appropriate and research-based;

  • (2) provide models for positive behavior;

  • (3) promote a positive school environment;

  • (4) provide alternative disciplinary courses of action that do not rely on the use of in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, or placement in a disciplinary alternative education program to manage student behavior; and

  • (5) provide behavior management strategies, including:

    • (A) positive behavioral intervention and support;

    • (B) trauma-informed practices;

    • (C) social and emotional learning;

    • (D) a referral for services, as necessary; and

    • (E) restorative practices.

(b) Each school district and open-enrollment charter school may annually conduct training for staff employed by the district or school on the program adopted under Subsection (a).

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