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From the ECS State Policy Database
Health--Mental Health


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State Status/Date Level Summary
INSigned into law 03/2014P-12Student Mental Health Records
H.B. 1204
Requires health care providers to give certain mental health information to a school if a student's parent or guardian has signed a certain authorization form. Requires school leaders to keep the information private and to sign a confidentiality waiver. Prohib...

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WASigned into law 03/2014P-12Youth Suicide Prevention Activities
S.B. 6431
Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to work with state agency and community partners to assist schools in implementing youth suicide prevention activities. Requires OSPI to prioritize funding to communities identified as the highest...

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VASigned into law 03/2014P-12Concussions and Academic Performance
H.B. 410/S.B. 172
Requires each non-interscholastic youth sports program utilizing public school property to (i) establish policies and procedures regarding the identification and handling of suspected concussions in student-athletes, consistent with either the local school div...

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VASigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Mental Health Resources
H.B. 206
Requires each four-year public institution of higher education to create and feature on its website a page with information dedicated solely to the mental health resources available to students at the institution.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?14...

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VATo governor 03/2014Postsec.Mental Health; Violence Prevention Committees
H.B. 1268
Requires the violence prevention committee of each public institution of higher education to establish policies and procedures to encourage all faculty and staff to report threatening or aberrant behavior that may represent a threat to the community to members...

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SDSigned into law 03/2014P-12Employee Health Certification
H.B. 1181
Allows a superintendent to require a certification of health if there is reasonable cause to believe that an employee is suffering from a mental or physical condition that could be detrimental to the health or safety of the employee, any student, or any other ...

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VATo governor 02/2014Postsec.Mental Health Policies
S.B. 239
Requires the violence prevention committee of each public institution of higher education to establish policies and procedures to require all faculty and staff to report behavior that may represent a physical threat to the community to members of the campus co...

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ALAdopted 12/2013P-12Specialized Treatment Centers in Alabama
AL ADC 290-8-8-.01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12
Creates new chapter of administrative rules establishing requirements for treatment centers for K-12 students. Defines "treatment" as a planned, individualized program of educational, medical, psychological or rehabilitative procedures, experiences and activit...

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CASigned into law 10/2013P-12The Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act of 2013
A.B. 514
Requires that the department of education website include a list of statewide resources for youth who have been affected by gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma caused by violence at home, at school, and in the community. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub...

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CASigned into law 10/2013P-12Mental Health Instruction
S.B. 330
From bill summary: Requires, during the next revision of the publication "Health Framework for California Public Schools," the instructional quality commission to consider developing, and recommending for adoption by the state board, a distinct category on men...

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ORSigned into law 06/2013P-12Consent for Mental Health Screenings
H.B. 3474
Requires that when a school district conducts a mental health screening of all of the students in one or more classrooms or all of the students in one or more grades, the school district must allow the student or the parents or legal guardians of the student t...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers, Principals, and Counselors
H.B. 642
Requires that continuing education requirements for teachers provide that up to 25% of the training required every 5 years include instruction on (1) collecting and analyzing information that will improve classroom effectiveness; (2) recognizing early warning ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Students with Mental or Emotional Disorders
S.B. 460
Requires that minimum academic qualifications for a teaching certificate require that a person receive instruction in detection of students with mental or emotional disorders. Requires that instruction be developed by experts in the diagnosis and treatment of ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Suicide Prevention
S.B. 831
Previous legislation required the department of state health services, in coordination with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), to provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based early mental health intervention and suicide prevention progr...

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CTSigned into law 06/2013Postsec.Social/Emotional Development Training in Teacher Preparation
H.B. 6292
Requires any candidate entering a program of teacher preparation to complete training in social and emotional development and learning of children. The training must include instruction concerning a comprehensive, coordinated social and emotional assessment an...

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LAPassed 06/2013P-12Coordination of State Mental Health and Counseling Resources for K-12 Students
H.C.R. 133
Urges and requests the department of health and hospitals, the department of children and family services, and the state board of elementary and secondary education to jointly study the feasibility of coordinating state mental health and counseling resources t...

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VTSigned into law 06/2013P-12Life-Threatening Allergies, Mental Health
S. 4, Section 4, 5
Requires multiple agencies departments to work to (1) catalogue the type and scope of mental health and substance abuse services provided in or through collaboration with Vermont public schools;
(2) determine the number of students who are currently receiving...

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MNSigned into law 05/2013P-12Safe Schools Levy
H.F. 630
Increases the number of allowable uses for Safe Schools fund. New uses include paying for facility security enhancements; colocation, collaboration with mental health professionals; and costs associated with improving the school climate. Page 45 of 214.
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MNSigned into law 05/2013P-12Mental Health Education
H.F. 630
Encourages school districts and charter schools to provide mental health instructions for students in grades 6 through 12 aligned with local health standards and integrated into existing programs and curricula. Page 65 of 214.
http://wdoc.house.leg.state.mn.u...

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WASigned into law 04/2013P-12Increasing the Capacity of School Districts to Recognize and Respond to Troubled Youth.
H.B. 1336
Increase the capacity for school districts to recognize and respond to youth in need through additional training, more comprehensive planning, and emphasis on
partnerships between schools and communities. Requires individuals certified by the professional educ...

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VASigned into law 04/2013Postsec.Mental health treatment coordination
H.B. 1609/S.B. 1342
Requires the governing board of each public four-year institution to establish a written memorandum of understanding with its local community services board or behavioral health authority and with local hospitals and other local mental health facilities to exp...

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UTSigned into law 03/2013P-12Parent Seminar on Youth Protection
H.B. 298
Directs a district to offer a parent seminar each year, using either a locally-developed curriculum or a curriculum developed by the state board, that includes information on substance abuse; bullying; mental health, depression, and suicide awareness; and Inte...

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VASigned into law 02/2013Community CollegeMental Health Referral
H.B. 2322/S.B. 1078
Requires the State Board for Community Colleges to develop a mental health referral policy that would require community colleges to designate at least one individual at each college to serve as a point of contact with an emergency services system clinician at ...

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CASigned into law 06/2011P-12Referral to Mental Health Services
A.B. 114 - Referral to Mental Health Services
From bill summary: Makes certain provisions authorizing referral, through a prescribed process, of a pupil suspected of needing mental health services to a community mental
health service inoperative as of July 1, 2011, would repeal them as of January 1, 2012....

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention of Youth Suicide
H.B. 1386 - Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention of Youth Suicide
Directs the department of public health, in coordination with the Texas Education Agency, to provide and annually update a list of best practice-based early mental health intervention and suicide prevention programs for implementation in public K-12 schools. P...

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TNSigned into law 06/2011P-12Students Served in Residential Mental Health
S.B. 1707
Requires a local board of education to allocate funding in an amount equal to the per pupil state and local funds received by the LEA to state licensed residential mental health facilities on a prorated daily basis for the student's length of stay, provided ce...

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MESigned into law 06/2011P-12Improving the Delivery of School Psychological Services to Children
S.P. 327
Changes the term "school psychological service provider" to "school psychologist" in state law regarding to school psychological services. Requires the Commissioner of Education to revise the rules to align the code of ethics and practice standards with those ...

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MSSigned into law 04/2011P-12Mental Health and Teacher Shortage Committees
H.B. 1177
Creates the Joint Legislative and Paraprofessional Education and Mental Health Study Committee to examine, make recommendations and assist in shaping public policy to improve student outcomes and educational opportunities for students with serious emotional an...

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WASigned into law 04/2011P-12Relating to Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying and Suicide Prevention
H.B. 1163
Requires the offices of the education ombudsman and the superintendent of public instruction to convene a work group on school bullying and harassment preventionto develop, recommend, and implement
strategies to improve school climate and create respectful lea...

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OKSigned into law 06/2010P-12Teacher Preparation - Mental Health Issues
H.B. 2004
Requires that mental illness symptoms identification and mental health issues be incorporated into teacher preparation systems.
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2009-10bills/HB/HB2004_ENR.RTF...

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INSigned into law 03/2010P-12Training for Suicide Prevention
S.B. 226
Relates to suicide prevention training for school personnel; provides that health finance commission is to study the topic of teen suicide, including the root causes and prevention, during the 2010 legislative interim. Public Law 29
http://www.in.gov/legislat...

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NYVetoed 08/2009P-12
Postsec.
Minority Mental Health Act
A.B. 5055
Enacts the Minority Mental Health Act. Establishes the Division of Minority Mental Health within the Office of Mental Health. Provides the division is responsible for assuring that mental health programs and services are culturally and linguistically appropria...

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TNSigned into law 05/2009P-12Prohibits Universal Mental Health Screening
S.B. 850
Prohibits universal mental health testing or psychiatric or socio-emotional screening of juveniles unless consented to by a parent or guardian, ordered by the court, done on an emergency basis in connection with a disaster or epidemic, or as required by the Ea...

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CTSigned into law 06/2008Postsec.
Community College
Awareness/Intervention Related to College Students w/ Mental Illness
S.B. 467
Requires each constituent unit of the state system of higher education and each independent college or university to submit a plan to the Department of Higher Education to identify procedures specifically designed to heighten awareness by all faculty and staff...

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VASigned into law 03/2008P-12Mental Health Awareness
S.B. 640
Adds mental health education and awareness to the list of topics that shall be covered in family life education curricula.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?081+ful+CHAP0417...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12School Psychology Internship Consortium
H.B. 1363
Provides that, subject to appropriations, the state board of education must provide grants to the School Psychology Internship Consortium for aid in providing training programs and facilitating interns to improve the educational and mental health services of c...

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ILAdopted 07/2007P-12Children's Mental Health Initiative Grants
23 IAC 555.10 thru .160, and Appendix A
Creates new Part of rules, "Children's Mental Health Initiative Grants." Subpart A, "School Mental Health Support Grants," (pages 136-141 of 201 http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume31_issue30.pdf) includes the following ...

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TNSigned into law 05/2007P-12Training in Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness
H.B. 933
Encourages the use of a certain number of in-service training days. Such training shall place an emphasis on understanding the warning signs of early on-set mental illness in children and adolescents and may be conducted by school counseling personnel (psychol...

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MDSigned into law 05/2007P-12Student Self-Injury Prevention
H.B. 1046
Requires the State Superintendent of Schools, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to establish and promote in schools in the State a public awareness campaign related to self-injury by cutting; provides for the components of the ...

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IDSigned into law 03/2007P-12Teen Early Intervention Mental Health and Substance Abuse Specialist Program
S.B. 1147
Defines "teens at risk" as public school students in grades 7-12 who have been identified as expressing or exhibiting indications of depression, suicidal inclination, emotional trauma, substance abuse or other behaviors or symptoms that indicate the existenc...

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MNSigned into law 03/2007P-12Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities Following Treatment
S.B. 1499
Ensures a student's ability to participate in league-sponsored activities after completing licensed treatment programs for alcohol or substance abuse, mental illness or emotional disturbance.
http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/bin/unoff_eng.php?session=ls85&ver...

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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12Psychiatric Evaluations & Medical Recommendations for Students
H.B. 202
Prohibits school personnel from conducting a psychiatric or behavioral health evaluation or mental health screening, test, evaluation, or assessment of a student, except if required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; prohibits school person...

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WYSigned into law 03/2007P-12Preschool Mental Health Services
S.B. 34
Allows funds to be appropriated for developmental preschool mental health or social-emotional development services and training. http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2007/Enroll/SF0034.pdf...

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NYSigned into law 09/2006P-12Children's Mental Health Advisory Board
S.B. 6672
Establishes the children's mental health advisory board to promulgate and monitor the implementation of a children's mental health plan. Requires the incorporation of social and emotional development of children into elementary and secondary school educational...

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NYVetoed 08/2006P-12Centers of Excellence in Culturally and Linguistically Competent Mental Health
A.B. 9593
Directs the office of mental health to establish two centers of excellence in culturally competent mental health to investigate and disseminate the best practices for the delivery of culturally competent mental health services to underserved populations affect...

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MISigned into law 07/2006P-12Suicide Prevention & Education Programs
H.B. 4375
Encourages schools to provide age-appropriate instruction programs regarding warning signs and risk factors of suicide and depression and the protective factors that help prevent suicide; provides professional development for school personnel; provides that fa...

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LASigned into law 07/2006P-12Student Mental Health
H.B. 234
Requires local public school boards to adopt policies prohibiting teachers from:
(1) Recommending that a student be administered a pyschotropic drug.
(2) Specifying or identifying any specific mental health diagnosis for a student.
(3) Using a parent's refus...

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AKSigned into law 06/2006P-12Recommending or Refusing Psychotropic Drugs
S.B. 48
Prohibits public schools from denying students access to programs or services because a student's parent has refused to place the student on psychotropic medications, get a psychiatric evaluation or seek psychiatric or psychological treatment. Defines what com...

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AZSigned into law 04/2006P-12Student Mental Health Screening
S.B. 1324
Relates to mental health screening of pupils; provides that a school district or charter school must have the written, signed consent of the pupil's parent or guardian before it conducts a mental health screening on any pupil.
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/47le...

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MESigned into law 04/2006P-12
Postsec.
Health Coverage for College Students
S.B. 777; LD 2014
Requires individual and group health insurance policies to continue coverage for dependent children up to 24 years of age who are unable to maintain enrollment in college due to mental or physical illness if they would otherwise terminate coverage due to a req...

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COSigned into law 04/2006P-12Teacher Professional Development on Student Mental Health
H.B. 1098
Allows public school teachers to receive professional development credit by attending an in-service program on juvenile mental health
issues, including awareness and prevention of youth suicide.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics2006a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/07205A4...

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MASigned into law 03/2006P-12Students w/ Autism
H.B. 1123
Relates to the special education needs of children with autism spectrum disorder.
http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/house/ht01pdf/ht01123.pdf...

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MSSigned into law 03/2002P-12Titles Used by School Psychologists
H.B. 1302
Relates to school psychologists; clarifies that persons under contract with school districts to perform psychological services may use the same titles as those persons employed by school districts who perform the same services....

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CAVetoed 09/2000P-12
Postsec.
Panel of Experts
A.B. 2068
Encourages the Regents of the University of California to convene, to the extent that sufficient annual funds are provided for this purpose, a panel of experts, consisting of representatives from specified entities to develop guidelines and recommendations for...

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