Policy Details

4118.27 and 4218.27 Prohibitions on Recommendations for Psychotropic Drugs

4118.27 / 4218.27



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.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, school medical staff may recommend that a child 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.

Legal Reference: CT Gen. Stat. § 10-212b Policies Prohibiting the recommendation of psychotropic drugs by school personnel. (as amended by PA 03-211)
CT Gen. Stat. § 46b-120 Definitions
CT Gen. Stat. § 10-76a Definitions. (as amended by PA 00-48)
State Board of Education Regulations.

Litchfield Board of Education
Adopted: 1/8/2002
Reviewed: 8/10/2011
Revised: 2/11/2021

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