Iowa - Early Identification and Referral: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages or requires districts to implement identification and referral processes to link students and families with needed resources.

Iowa Administrative Code, 281.66.4 Education Department, Chapter 66 School-Based Youth Services Programs - Program plan

66.4(2) Identifying objectives. The following objectives shall be included in the program plan.

  • a. The establishment of a youth services education program located in or near an elementary school, middle school or high school that integrates multiple service providers with children or youth in need of services to assist them to succeed in education programs, to complete high school and be productive workers and contributors to the community.
  • b. Provisions for no less than the minimum education program as defined in Iowa Code section 256.11 and rule 281 -- 12.5(256).
  • c. Flexibility of the education program to accommodate other community-based services such as mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and health care.
  • d. Career development activities including job training and employment services at the high school level.
  • e. Mental health and family counseling.
  • f. Family involvement activities.
  • g. Preventive and primary health care services.
  • h. Recreation services.
  • i. Mentoring.
  • j. Access to program including before and after school, weekend, and summer activity.
  • k. Personal skills development.
  • l. Other educational and noneducational services considered necessary to achieve the program plan.

66.4(3) Identification of the components and development of a schedule for the youth services program. At minimum, the following shall be included:

  • a. Description of the career development activities including job training and employment services; mental health and family counseling; family education and involvement services; preventive and primary health care services; recreation; mentoring; and personal skills development in the context of how these services and others will be provided in conjunction with the education program.
  • b. A schedule or timeline for the operation of the program taking into consideration day and evening accessibility, the number of days per week and the number of months per year the program will operate including 24-hour counseling services.
  • c. If applicable, descriptions of partnerships between public and private sectors to provide employment and training opportunities.

66.4(4) In-school support services. A description of in-school support services as defined in these rules and offered to students in the youth services program must be provided.

66.4(5) Parent and family involvement. A complete plan of parent-family involvement must be included and shall, at a minimum, contain:

  • a. The parent communication system to be used which may include letters, checklists, personal contacts by telephone and home visits.
  • b. In-service provisions for individual and group participation, which may include parent/family counseling, assistance at home, attendance in school affairs, parent training and volunteer assistance.
  • c. Involvement in the development of program goals, decision-making processes and the evaluation of program services.

66.4(6) Evaluation procedures to be used in monitoring program objectives and student outcomes. A system to monitor and report program implementation and outcomes shall be established...

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