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§ 7-440. Behavioral health counseling services

West's Annotated Code of MarylandEducationEffective: July 1, 2017

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Education (Refs & Annos)
Division II. Elementary and Secondary Education [Titles 2-9.5] (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Public Schools (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 4. Health and Safety of Students (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2017
MD Code, Education, § 7-440
§ 7-440. Behavioral health counseling services
(a)(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 § 20-104 of the Health--General Article.
In general
(b)(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.
Construction of section
(c) 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.


Added by Acts 2017, c. 583, § 1, eff. July 1, 2017.
MD Code, Education, § 7-440, MD EDUC § 7-440
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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