Are psychological services available to students who do not have disabilities? Yes. Psychological services may be of benefit to all students in a learning environment. Indeed many psychological services go beyond special education services to support the quality of general education within the school program. The types of psychological services described above may be delivered to entire schools, classrooms, groups, or individual students. The outcome of these services is an environment in which students with disabilities, as well as those who are not disabled, have access to professionals with the necessary skills to positively influence their school experiences. Students with disabilities along with their classmates benefit significantly when psychological services are provided to all of the students in the school. Students who are successful in school are much more likely to demonstrate positive behavior in school, home, and community settings. Successful schooling leads to successful employment and community integration. School violence, community violence, social behavior problems, and unemployment are linked to a history of school failure. Therefore, psychological and mental health services are a critical component of successful schooling for all children and youth, including those with disabilities under IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as those who are at-risk for school failure.
Note: For additional information on other related services as defined in IDEA ’97, see IDEA Update #9, Memorandum #99-112, which accompanies Technical Assistance Paper FY 1999-13, “Related Services for Students with Disabilities,” produced by the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services.