2018 Maryland Code
Division II - Elementary and Secondary Education
Title 7 - Public Schools
Subtitle 4 - Health and Safety of Students
§ 7-440. Individualized or group behavioral counseling services.

Universal Citation: MD Educ Code § 7-440 (2018)
  • (a) Definitions. --

    • (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

    • (2) "Behavioral health counseling services" means prevention, intervention, and treatment services for the social-emotional, psychological, behavioral, and physical health of students, including mental health and substance abuse disorders.

    • (3) "Health care provider" has the meaning stated in ยง 20-104 of the Health - General Article.

  • (b) In general. --

    • (1) The Maryland Department of Health, in conjunction with the Department, shall recommend best practices for county boards of education to provide to students:

      • (i) Behavioral needs assessments; and

      • (ii) Individualized or group behavioral health counseling services with a health care provider through a school-based health center or through community partnered school-based behavioral health services.

  • (c) Construction of section. -- This section may not be construed to require a county board to provide behavioral needs assessments or individualized or group behavioral health counseling services to students.

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