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Engrossed Senate Bill (H)

DIGEST

School mental health, safety, privacy, and other education matters. Adds additional purposes for which advances made under the school corporation and charter school safety advance program may be used. Amends the purposes of the Indiana safe schools fund. Makes changes to the membership of the county school safety commission. Establishes the integrated school based mental health and substance use disorder services grant program to provide grants to school corporations, charter schools, and accredited nonpublic schools for use in developing and implementing integrated school based mental health and substance use disorder services plans. Requires a law enforcement agency to send a School mental health, safety, privacy, and other education matters. Adds additional purposes for which advances made under the school corporation and charter school safety advance program may be used. Amends the purposes of the Indiana safe schools fund. Makes changes to the membership of the county school safety commission. Establishes the integrated school based mental health and substance use disorder services grant program to provide grants to school corporations, charter schools, and accredited nonpublic schools for use in developing and implementing integrated school based mental health and substance use disorder services plans. Requires a law enforcement agency to send a written copy of the statutory definition of a "dangerous" person, and written instructions concerning the reporting of a dangerous person, to each charter school, nonpublic school, and school corporation in the law enforcement agency's jurisdiction. Requires the department of education (department), in coordination with the Indiana intelligence fusion center, to distribute certain information and establish certain guidelines concerning the "If You See Something, Say Something" tip line. Requires a teacher preparation program to include content concerning school safety. Requires the study of health education, for grades 6 through 12, to include instruction on mental health. Requires the commission on improving the status of children in Indiana (commission) to develop the children's social, emotional, and behavioral health plan to provide recommendations concerning: (1) comprehensive mental health services; (2) early intervention; and (3) treatment services; for individuals from birth through 22 years of age. Changes the date by which the commission is required to submit a report regarding the commission's work. Removes a requirement that child abuse and child sexual abuse instruction to students in kindergarten through grade 12 must be research and evidence based instruction. Provides that, in identifying outlines or materials for instruction on child abuse and child sexual abuse, the department must work in consultation with school safety specialists, school counselors, school social workers, or school psychologists. (Current law requires the department to work with school safety specialists and school counselors.) Provides that a school corporation or school shall obtain prior informed written consent from the parent of a student who is less than 18 years of age and not emancipated before the student may participate in any medical health assessment or services, mental health assessment, mental health services, psychiatric or psychological examination or test, or psychiatric or psychological treatment that is conducted in connection with the school corporation, school, a contractor of a school corporation or school, or any individual, agency, or entity that the student is referred to by a school corporation or school. Requires that, before obtaining the informed written consent of a parent, a school corporation or school shall provide the parent informed written notice describing in detail the medical health assessment or services, mental health assessment, mental health services, psychiatric or psychological examination or test, or psychiatric or psychological treatment. Provides that a school corporation or school may be denied a grant or grant funds under the integrated school based mental health and substance use disorder services grant program for certain violations regarding parental consent requirements and the release of student information. Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee the task of studying school districts, within and outside of Indiana, that have: (1) implemented trauma informed approaches in the school districts; and (2) worked with community partners to provide systems of care for students. Repeals provisions that require the department to develop the children's social, emotional, and behavioral health plan. ... View more