LSU Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE–A bill that would let children be treated by private counselors during school hours passed without objection at a Senate Health and Welfare Committee meeting Wednesday.
The bill would prevent public schools from prohibiting outside behavioral health experts from treating students if the parents asked to use them instead of just relying on school counselors.
Behavioral health services are provided when an evaluation by a psychologist determines that a child has a psychiatric disorder and the behavior interferes with the child’s ability to learn in a classroom.
“Having a school psychologist as your secondary option