Student Services and Strategic Planning Branch (SSSP)

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Student Services Resources

The Student Services and Strategic Planning Branch (SSSP) is responsible for providing leadership and technical assistance to local education agencies with the implementation of programs and initiatives to facilitate the emotional, mental, social, and physical health of all students. These programs and initiatives include school counseling and career development, school psychology, pupil personnel, school social work, school health services, safe schools, dropout prevention and alternative programs, home instruction, and initiatives to reduce disruption and violence, address at-risk behaviors, and facilitate student achievement. The branch works collaboratively with other agencies, community organizations, and stakeholder groups around these initiatives.

Culture & Climate

Bullying Prevention

Disproportionate Discipline

Restorative Approaches

Mental Health

School Mental Health

A Trauma-Informed Approach for Maryland Schools

Preventing Opioid Use and Abuse

Suicide Prevention

School Safety

Model Policy: Student Registered Sex Offenders - Entry on School Property

Physical Restraint and Seclusion

Maryland Center for School Safety

Student Arrest Data Collection

Emergency Planning and School Safety

Student Services

Child Abuse, Neglect and Human Trafficking

Foster Care Students

Home and Hospital Teaching

Home Instruction

Maryland College Application Campaign

Maryland Guidelines for a State Code of Discipline

Pupil Personnel Workers

School-Based Health Centers

School Counseling

School Health Services

School Psychological Services

School Social Worker


Walter J. Sallee
Director, Student Services and Strategic Planning Branch
Office: (410) 767-0784