Prevent School Liability and Address the Unique Needs of All Students
Mental health issues in schools extend beyond special education classrooms, and each school professional needs to have a clear idea of what the law requires and how to comply with the plethora of regulations and procedures. In this engaging instruction, experienced practitioners will share their methods to prevent student neglect and discrimination, and their hard-won resolution approaches. Help every student get the best possible education with this focused school law guide to student mental health. Register today!
- Clarify the school's legal obligations concerning mental health, essential services they must provide and more.
- Create IEPs and 504 plans for situations when mental health, special education and disabilities comingle.
- Protect the school and the students with clear rules on violence prevention and response.
- Handle sensitive situations concerning suicide intervention and response in a legally compliant manner.
- Weigh student confidentiality under FERPA against mandatory reporting duties in cases of mental health crisis.
- Master the legal requirements for communicating with parents when mental health issues are suspected.
- Ensure the school's discipline processes take into consideration the student's mental health condition.
- School Legal Obligations Regarding Student Mental Health
9:00 - 9:45, Meldie M. Moore
- Top Federal and State Laws Governing Mental Health Issues in Schools
- Recognizing Mental Health Issues: Legal Requirements
- Mandatory Reporting: Obligations of the School
- Mental Health Service Continuum: What Must Schools Provide?
- Medical Treatment vs. Education Services
- Public vs. Private School Legal Requirements
- Legal Updates Schools Must Know
- Balancing Special Education and Mental Health Concerns
9:45 - 10:30, Shawna L. Parks
- When is Mental Illness a Disability?
- How the Child Find Mandate and Mental Health Intertwine
- Evaluation Reports: Documenting Mental Health Concerns
- Tying IEPs to Mental Health Issues
- Drafting IEP Goals for Students With Mental Health Needs
- 504 Plans: Determining Eligibility for Mental Health Issues
- Outlining Parameters of Required Services for Students Without 504s/IEPs
- Threats, Violence, Crises, Trauma and Mental Health: How to Prevent and Respond
10:45 - 11:45, Bridget Cook
- School Legal Obligations: Warning of Known/Foreseeable Dangers
- Conducting Threat Assessments and Other Proactive Preventions
- Handling Threats by Students With Mental Health Issues
- When Violence Occurs: Key Steps to Take
- Documenting Violent Behavior and School Responses
- Developing Crisis Management Plans
- Trauma-Informed Schooling: Legal Essentials
- Involving the Police: Extents/Limitations
- Student Suicide and the Law: What Schools Need to Know
12:45 - 1:30, Bridget Cook
- Suicide Awareness and Prevention Laws
- School Duty to Warn: Knowing the Triggers
- Formulating Suicide Intervention Procedures
- Suicide and Bullying: What Schools Should Do
- Conducting Staff Training
- Documenting School Responses
- Referring Students to State Agencies and Mental Health Providers
- Mental Health and Student Privacy: What Can be Disclosed?
1:30 - 2:15, Meldie M. Moore
- Confidentiality, Exceptions and Mandatory Reporting
- FERPA: Making Safety Disclosures Without Consent
- Communicating With Other Schools About Mental Health Conditions
- What Can They Know, Ask About?
- What They Should Know, Care About
- When and How Can They Share What They Know About a Student's Mental Health?
- Sharing Information With Mental Health Professionals
- Reporting Signs of Abuse: What is the School's Obligation?
- Parents and Mental Health: How Schools Must Communicate
2:30 - 3:30, Meldie M. Moore
- Communicating With Parents: Legal Requirements
- Raising Mental Health Issues With Parents
- Documenting Every Effort to Notify Parents
- Texts, Chatting and Other Informal Communication: Legal Risks
- Dealing With Recalcitrant Parents or Parents in Denial
- Responding to Concerns Raised by Parents of Other Students
- Disciplining Students With Student Mental Health in Mind
3:30 - 4:30, Meldie M. Moore
- Special Education, Mental Health and Discipline
- Conducting FBAs and BIPs
- Performing Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs)
- Changing Student Placement
- When to Suspend, When to Expel
- Providing Homebound Instruction
- Handling and Responding to Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation
- Restraint and Seclusion: Evaluating Legal Factors
- Disciplining for School Avoidance and Truancy
- Documenting School Discipline Actions: Legal Best Practices
- Making Criminal Referrals for Mental Health Concerns
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for professionals who work with students:
- School Administrators
- School Board Members
- School Psychologists
- Special Education Teachers
- Special Education Coordinators
- School Counselors