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ERIC Number: EJ1177611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Contracting for School Psychological Services
Rossen, Eric; Arnold, Ashley; Ney, Emilie
Communique, v46 n7 p11-12 May 2018
The gap between the mental health and educational needs of America's school children and the availability of services has grown increasingly evident, especially in rural and high-need urban areas where the recruitment and retention of school psychologists has proven to be more difficult. As a result, the demand for school psychological services continues to grow while school districts across the country struggle to keep up with the demand, as longstanding school psychology shortages continue to exacerbate these gaps in availability of services (National Association of School Psychologists, 2017b). Some school districts try to meet this need by contracting for certain services, such as evaluations, counseling, or attendance at IEP meetings. Contracting services generally refers to school districts hiring individuals to provide a service (e.g., a psychological evaluation, direct counseling) instead of maintaining a full-time school psychologist within a school district. This article examines regulations governing contract services, pros and cons of contract services, and general considerations for contract services in school psychology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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