West Virginia School Discipline Laws & Regulations: School-based Behavioral Health Programs

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West Virginia School Discipline Laws & Regulations: School-based Behavioral Health Programs

Category: Prevention, Behavioral Interventions, and Supports
Subcategory: School-based Behavioral Health Programs
State: West Virginia

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§126-42-7. County board of education responsibilities.

7.1.h. Health and Psychological Services. School health services are coordinated through the certified school nurse to provide early identification of educational deficits and communicable disease, daily support and care for students with specialized health care needs during the instructional day with linkage, and follow-up care to services as required in W. Va. 126CSR25A, Policy 2422.7, Standards for Basic and Specialized Health Care Procedures (Policy 2422.7), and W. Va. 126CSR51, Policy 2423, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Emphasis is placed on preventive services, health promotion, and education to support academic success, reduce absenteeism, and promote lifetime health and wellness.

7.1.h.1. School psychological services facilitate the interpersonal and academic development of all students and foster the social/emotional health and the academic success of students. School psychologists assist teachers and other school personnel with assessment information, academic and behavior intervention plans, and understanding student implications in relation to school performance and safe school considerations.

§126-67-5. Delivery components of comprehensive school counseling program.

5.1. This section defines components of a standards-focused and evidence-based CSCP to be addressed by county policy and monitored by county and school leadership. Delivery components include:

5.1.c. Responsive Services are provided when events and situations in students' lives or in the school climate and culture impedes student success. Responsive services offer preventive activities and programs to address the identified needs of students in each school, as well as evidence-based interventions to address targeted student needs. The services include working with at-risk students to provide the help and support needed to ensure grade level success. Usually short-term in nature, responsive services include individual and small group counseling, academic and behavior intervention plans, crisis prevention and response, consultation with parents/guardians and other school staff, and referrals to school and community resources. Some students may require an immediate and expert response to assist with an academic, emotional, or behavioral crisis. In cases where students require ongoing support or therapy, the counselor makes appropriate referrals and works with families to secure appropriate resources within the school or community. Schools identify who will coordinate and follow-up on each referral. The school counselor collaborates with stakeholders to create a school-wide, prevention-based approach to individual and school crises and has a crisis plan in place to address the mental health component of common school-wide crises. The school crisis team educates other stakeholders to assist with school-wide crisis preparedness, prevention, intervention, and response, outlining responsibilities and best practices in the school crisis planning and response.

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