Confronting Student Mental Health: Practical & Legal Considerations in Special Education

Confronting Student Mental Health: Practical & Legal Considerations in Special Education Webinar

1 hour

In this webinar, nationally recognized school law practitioner John Comegno provides some clarity on the legal differences between educational and medical needs. He’ll offer guidance about proactively addressing mental health support for students in both special education and general education settings.

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Special educators, school psychologists, and counselors have the unique skillsets to be able to address many of the social, emotional, and behavioral needs students face. But it can be challenging to effectively collaborate across roles to improve student support and school climate. And to add to the complexity, sometimes the line between educational and medical difficulties is blurred.

In this webinar, nationally recognized school law practitioner John Comegno provides some clarity on the legal differences between educational and medical needs. He’ll offer guidance about proactively addressing mental health support for students in both special education and general education settings.

You’ll learn:

  • Recent sobering statistics about student mental health issues
  • Takeaways from relevant cases that address differences between students’ educational and medical difficulties
  • Legal considerations and best practices
  • The importance of consistency when collaborating with general education colleagues to address mental health
  • Ways to be increasingly mindful of equity as a community

John B. Comegno II, Esq.

Founder and President, Comegno Law Group, P.C.

John is recognized nationally as a leading School Law practitioner and lecturer, representing public and independent schools, as well as education vendors, throughout the country. John has litigated hundreds of IDEA and Section 504 cases. In addition to his practice, John serves as an adjunct professor of law, and has lectured to thousands of educational professionals cross the country. His engaging and entertaining delivery, always advancing educational best practices, is widely sought for convention keynotes, professional conferences, and in-school professional development.

“Medical need is medical need, and that falls outside of IEP. But, are there ways that we can provide therapeutic supports to avoid unilateral placements? Because that is time, money, and resources well-spent.”

John Comegno

DISCLAIMER: Frontline Education does not provide legal advice. Always consult your district’s legal counsel on issues surrounding mental health issues. Please note that CEU and professional development certificates will not be offered for this webinar.

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