Prohibition on Recommendations for Psychotropic Drugs
The Board of Education prohibits school personnel from recommending the use of psychotropic drugs for any child. For the purposes of this policy, the term 'recommend' shall mean to directly or indirectly suggest that a child should use psychotropic drugs.
Psychotropic drugs are defined as prescription medications for behavioral or social-emotional concerns, such as attentional deficits, impulsivity, anxiety, depression and thought disorders and includes, but is not limited to, stimulant medications and anti-depressants.
However, school health or mental health personnel, including school nurses or nurse practitioners, the District's Medical Advisor, Director of Special Services, school psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors may recommend that a student be evaluated by an appropriate medical practitioner.
Nothing in this policy shall be construed to prohibit a planning and placement team from discussing with parents and/or guardians of a child the appropriateness of consultation with, or evaluation by, medical practitioners; or to prohibit school personnel from consulting with appropriate medical practitioners with the consent of the parents and/or guardians of a child.
Parents or other persons having control of a child can refuse to administer or consent to the administration of any psychotropic drug to the child unless such refusal causes the child to be neglected or abused as defined in Connecticut General Statute 46b-120.
The Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee shall promulgate this policy to district staff and parents/guardians of students annually and upon the registration of new students.
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes:
10-212b Policies prohibiting the recommendation of psychotropic drugs by school personnel (as amended by PA 03-211)
10-76a Definitions. (as amended by PA 00-48)
10-76b State supervision of special education programs and services.
10-76d Duties and powers of Board of Education to provide special education programs and services. (as amended by PA 97-114 and PA 00-48)
10-76h Special education hearing and review procedure. Mediation of disputes. (as amended by PA 00-48)
State Board of Education Regulations.
34 C.F.R. 3000 Assistance to States for Education for Handicapped Children.
American with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, 29 U.S.C. 794.
Adopted: October 16, 2001
Reviewed: June 20, 2007