28A.320.290  <<  28A.320.295 >>   28A.320.300

Professional collaboration lighthouse grant program. (Expires August 1, 2020.)

(1) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, the professional collaboration lighthouse grant program is established to assist school districts with early adoption and implementation of mental health professional collaboration time specified under RCW 28A.320.290.
(2) The superintendent of public instruction shall designate at least two school districts as lighthouse school districts to serve as resources and examples of best practices in designing and operating a professional collaboration program for school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, and local licensed mental health service providers. The program must focus on recognizing signs of emotional or behavioral distress in students, for example indicators of possible substance abuse, violence, and youth suicide, screening, accessing current resources, and making appropriate referrals.
(3) The superintendent shall award grants to:
(a) Each school district designated as a lighthouse district under subsection (2) of this section; and
(b) At least four school districts wishing to implement mental health professional collaboration time, as specified under RCW 28A.320.290, in the 2018-19 school year. In awarding the grants, the superintendent must prioritize an even mix of rural school districts and urban or suburban school districts.
(4) Grant funds may be used for: Providing technical assistance to school districts implementing a professional collaboration program; designing and implementing a professional collaboration program; developing approaches for accessing resources external to a school district; collaborating with local licensed mental health service providers; identifying successful methods of communicating with students and parents; conducting site visits; and providing supplemental materials.
(5) This section expires August 1, 2020.


FindingsIntentCivil liability2018 c 200: See notes following RCW 28A.320.290.
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