The Legislature should amend state law to require Education to report annually, beginning March 2017, regarding the outcomes for students receiving mental health services in the six key areas we identified. The report to the Legislature should include outcome data for the most recently completed school year and should compare the outcomes for students receiving mental health services with the outcomes for other special education students. Subsequent reports should also identify any trends in outcome data from one year to the next. Education should also provide comments in the report on the trends that it identifies and any actions it plans to take to improve the outcomes for students who receive mental health services.
Senate Bill 884 (Chapter 835, Statutes of 2016), in part, requires the State Department of Education to submit a report relating to the provision of mental health services to pupils through an Individualized Education Plan to the appropriate legislative fiscal and policy committees by June 30, 2017.