• Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4:32 PM
    Reply # 4037570 on 3628970
    Hi Julie,  I apologize for the delay in responding.  Somehow this forum post only showed up recently for PASSWP!  We consulted some peers within PASSWP and here is some response.  Of course, it would be great to consult with the district attorney for any clarification on issues or questions.
    • The only person who can classify a student in PA for special education is a PA certified school psychologist
    • A school psychologist bases their finding/data off of Chapter 14 PA regulations
    •  School testing does not use DSM V as part of the assessment tools.
    • An area of concern as it relates to testing is “assessment training” which an LCSW may or may not have.  The person does make note of using “screening and assessment tools”.  This would probably depend on what the district accepts as appropriate screenings. 
    • A diagnosis could place the district in a liable position if services are not provided as a result of another certified staff making a diagnosis as part of an educational evaluation. This should be reviewed with the district’s attorney for further clarification
    • The bottom line is that a school social workers input is important as part of the multidisciplinary team, however, one should be cautious in how information and/or a diagnosis is formally used as part of an educational evaluation.

    It might also be worth checking out current House Bill (HB) 1415 that includes language about diagnosing in Pennsylvania.  It does not specifically apply to schools but it may be helpful to check out. Passing this legislation could allow for PA to catch up to the other 48 states where this is already in place.

    Anyone else have any thoughts on this question?  Thanks!

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 1:20 PM
    Message # 3628970
    Deleted user

     I had a question.  I work in a school and I am an LCSW.  I was wondering, because I am getting differing opinions from different social workers in different arenas, if I can do a mental health evaluation by using screening and assessment tools of a student to include in an educational evaluation.  This would end in giving a student a DSM V diagnosis.  This would be just used in situations where kids were being evaluated for a possible emotional disturbance and to include in the evaluation as a mental health piece.    I know that if you are an LCSW you can diagnosis kids for insurance purposes and outside counseling but was not sure if this was permitted in a school setting to include in an education evaluation.  If someone could get back to me on this I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you very much.

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