|CA||To governor 09/2014||P-12||School Safety Plans and Pupil Mental Health Care|
From bill summary: Encourages voluntary guidelines in schools' comprehensive school safety plans to include protocols to address the mental health care of pupils who have witnessed a violent act at any time. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1251...
|SC||Signed into law 06/2014||P-12||Mental Health & School Safety|
Requires that each public school employ a licensed psycho-educational specialist on a full-time basis to help school personnel identify students in need of mental health counseling, promote awareness of mental health issues and the availability of treatment, s...
|OK||Signed into law 05/2014||P-12||Suicide and Drug Abuse Prevention|
Permits boards of education to adopt a suicide and student drug abuse policy; directs the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to develop and make available to school districts suicide prevention and awareness curriculum; requires course ou...
|OK||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12||Educational Services to Children in Psychiatric Care|
Requires an acute psychiatric care facility to notify the local school district that a minor child is in their care so the district can provide educational services to the child no later
than the 11th day of their admission.
|IN||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Student Mental Health Records|
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...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Youth Suicide Prevention Activities|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Concussions 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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2014||Postsec.||Mental Health Resources|
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.
|VA||Signed into law 03/2014||Postsec.||Mental Health; Violence Prevention Committees|
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...
|SD||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Employee Health Certification|
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 ...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Concussions|
Requires school personnel to watch for cognitive and academic issues that may relate to an athlete who has suffered a head injury and to accommodate the gradual return of the student to full participation in academic activities.
|VA||Signed into law 02/2014||Postsec.||Mental Health Policies|
H.B. 1268/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 members of the campus community identifie...
|AL||Adopted 12/2013||P-12||Specialized 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...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2013||P-12||The Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act of 2013|
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...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2013||P-12||Mental Health Instruction|
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...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Consent for Mental Health Screenings|
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...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers, Principals, and Counselors|
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 ...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Students with Mental or Emotional Disorders|
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 ...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Suicide Prevention|
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...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2013||Postsec.||Social/Emotional Development Training in Teacher Preparation|
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...
|LA||Passed 06/2013||P-12||Coordination of State Mental Health and Counseling Resources for K-12 Students|
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...
|VT||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Life-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...
|MN||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Safe Schools Levy|
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.
|MN||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Mental Health Education|
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.
|WA||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Increasing the Capacity of School Districts to Recognize and Respond to Troubled Youth.|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2013||Postsec.||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...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2013||P-12||Parent Seminar on Youth Protection|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 02/2013||Community College||Mental 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 ...
|CA||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Referral 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....
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Early 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...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Students Served in Residential Mental Health|
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...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Improving the Delivery of School Psychological Services to Children|
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 ...
|MS||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Mental Health and Teacher Shortage Committees|
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...
|WA||Signed into law 04/2011||P-12||Relating to Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying and Suicide Prevention|
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...
|OK||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Teacher Preparation - Mental Health Issues|
Requires that mental illness symptoms identification and mental health issues be incorporated into teacher preparation systems.
|IN||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Training for Suicide Prevention|
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
|Minority Mental Health Act|
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...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2009||P-12||Prohibits Universal Mental Health Screening|
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...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2008||Postsec.|
|Awareness/Intervention Related to College Students w/ Mental Illness|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Mental Health Awareness|
Adds mental health education and awareness to the list of topics that shall be covered in family life education curricula.
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||School Psychology Internship Consortium|
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...
|IL||Adopted 07/2007||P-12||Children'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 ...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Training in Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness|
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...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Student Self-Injury Prevention|
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 ...
|ID||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Teen Early Intervention Mental Health and Substance Abuse Specialist Program|
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...
|MN||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities Following Treatment|
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.
|UT||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Psychiatric Evaluations & Medical Recommendations for Students|
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...
|WY||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Preschool Mental Health Services|
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...
|NY||Signed into law 09/2006||P-12||Children's Mental Health Advisory Board|
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...
|NY||Vetoed 08/2006||P-12||Centers of Excellence in Culturally and Linguistically Competent Mental Health|
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...
|MI||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Suicide Prevention & Education Programs|
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...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Student Mental Health|
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...
|AK||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Recommending or Refusing Psychotropic Drugs|
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...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Student Mental Health Screening|
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.
|ME||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12|
|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...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Teacher Professional Development on Student Mental Health|
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.
|MA||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Students w/ Autism|
Relates to the special education needs of children with autism spectrum disorder.
|MS||Signed into law 03/2002||P-12||Titles Used by School Psychologists|
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....
|Panel of Experts|
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...