Section Summary


ESSA Update

Title IV (20 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.), as redesignated and amended by
section 4001, is further amended by striking sections 4001 through
4003 <<NOTE: 20 USC 7101-7103.>> and inserting the following:
``SEC. 4001. <<NOTE: 20 USC 7101.>> GENERAL PROVISIONS.

    ``(a) Parental Consent.--
            ``(1) In general.--
                    ``(A) Informed written consent.--A State, local
                educational agency, or other entity receiving funds
                under this title shall obtain prior written, informed
                consent from the parent of each child who is under 18
                years of age to participate in any mental-health
                assessment or service that is funded under this title
                and conducted in connection with an elementary school or
                secondary school under this title.
                    ``(B) Contents.--Before obtaining the consent
                described in subparagraph (A), the entity shall provide
                the parent written notice describing in detail such
                mental health assessment or service, including the
                purpose for such assessment or service, the provider of
                such assessment

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                or service, when such assessment or service will begin, 
                and how long such assessment or service may last.
                    ``(C) Limitation.--The informed written consent
                required under this paragraph shall not be a waiver of
                any rights or protections under section 444 of the
                General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. 1232g).
            ``(2) Exception.--Notwithstanding paragraph (1)(A), the
        written, informed consent described in such paragraph shall not
        be required in--
                    ``(A) an emergency, where it is necessary to protect
                the immediate health and safety of the child, other
                children, or entity personnel; or
                    ``(B) other instances in which an entity actively
                seeks parental consent but such consent cannot be
                reasonably obtained, as determined by the State or local
                educational agency, including in the case of--
                          ``(i) a child whose parent has not responded
                      to the notice described in paragraph (1)(B); or
                          ``(ii) a child who has attained 14 years of
                      age and is an unaccompanied youth, as defined in
                      section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless
                      Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a).

    ``(b) Prohibited Use of Funds.--No funds under this title may be
used for medical services or drug treatment or rehabilitation, except
for integrated student supports, specialized instructional support
services, or referral to treatment for impacted students, which may
include students who are victims of, or witnesses to, crime or who
illegally use drugs.
    ``(c) Prohibition on Mandatory Medication.--No child shall be
required to obtain a prescription for a controlled substance, as defined
in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802) as a
condition of--
            ``(1) receiving an evaluation or other service described
        under this title; or
            ``(2) attending a school receiving assistance under this