Oklahoma School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Mental Health Literacy Training

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Oklahoma School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Mental Health Literacy Training

Category: Prevention, Behavioral Interventions, and Supports
Subcategory: Mental Health Literacy Training
State: Oklahoma

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LAWS

§6-185. Incorporation of competencies and methods into programs approved for teacher preparation for competency-based teacher preparation system–Legislative intent.

A. The following competencies and methods shall be incorporated into the programs approved by the Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability for the competency-based teacher preparation system provided for in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act:

2. The preservice program shall include the following methods to achieve the competencies listed in paragraph 1 of this subsection:

i. require teacher candidates to study, in existing coursework, substance abuse symptoms identification and prevention, mental illness symptoms identification and mental health issues, and classroom safety and discipline techniques.

§6-194.3. Development & availability of mental health information, training and resources for school district, training program for teachers.

A. The State Department of Education and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, in consultation with school district superintendents and school district boards of education, shall develop and make available to school districts information, training and resources to help school employees recognize and address the mental health needs of students. A local district board of education shall require a training program for teachers which shall emphasize the importance of recognizing and addressing the mental health needs of students. The program shall be completed the first year a certified teacher is employed by a school district, and then once every third academic year.

B. The information made available to school districts shall include but not be limited to:

1.  about the services provided by community-based organizations related to mental health, substance abuse and trauma;

2. Information about the impact trauma and adverse childhood experiences can have on a student's ability to learn;

3. The availability of mental health evaluation and treatment available by telemedicine; and

4. Information about evidence-based strategies for prevention of at-risk behaviors
 

REGULATIONS

No relevant regulations found.

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