New Mexico - Early Identification and Referral: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

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

New Mexico Administrative Code 6.12.6.8 Requirements

B. Each school district and charter school shall develop and implement a policy that addresses student and school employee wellness through a coordinated school health approach.

C. Each school district and charter school shall submit the wellness policy to the public education department for approval.

  • (1) Sections of the wellness policy that meet the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (3), (4), (5) and (10) of Subsection D and the requirements set forth in Subsection E of this section shall be submitted to the public education department on or before August 30, 2006.
  • (2) Sections of the wellness policy that meet the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (1), (2), (6), (7), (8) and (9) of Subsection D of this section shall be submitted to the public education department on or before January 30, 2007.

D. The wellness policy shall include, but shall not be limited to:

  • (1) a planned, sequential, K-12 health education curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health and is aligned to the health education content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in 6.30.2.19 NMAC;
  • (2) a planned, sequential, K-12 physical education curriculum that provides the optimal opportunity for all students to learn and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to personally decide to participate in lifetime healthful physical activity and is aligned to the physical education content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in 6.30.2.20 NMAC;
  • (3) guidelines to provide physical activity opportunities to students before, during and after school;
  • (4) nutrition guidelines meeting standards established by federal rules at 7 CFR 210.11 and 7 CFR 210.11a, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966;
  • (5) guidelines for fund raisers established at 6.12.5 NMAC and an annual assurance of compliance with limitations on fund raisers established at 6.12.5 NMAC;
  • (6) a plan addressing the behavioral health needs of all students in the educational process by focusing on students' social and emotional wellbeing;

New Mexico Administrative Code 6.12.6.7 Definitions

E. "Health services" means services provided for students to appraise, protect, and promote health. These services are designed to ensure access or referral to primary health care or behavioral health services or both, foster appropriate use of primary health care services, behavioral health services, prevent and control communicable diseases and other health problems, provide emergency care for illness or injury, promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment, and provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family, and community health.


New Mexico Statutes 22-2D-3. Programs; purpose; functions.

B.  The purpose of the program is to provide an intermediary for students and their families at public schools to access social and health care services. The goal of the program is to forge mutual long-term relationships with public and private agencies and community-based, civic and corporate organizations to help students attain high academic achievement by meeting certain nonacademic needs of students and their families.

C.  A program shall include the employment of a resource liaison, who shall:

  • (1)  assess student and family needs and match those needs with appropriate public or private providers, including civic and corporate sponsors;
  • (2)  make referrals to health care and social service providers;
  • (3)  collaborate and coordinate with health and social service agencies and organizations through school-based and off-site delivery systems;
  • (4)  recruit service providers and business, community and civic organizations to provide needed services and goods that are not otherwise available to a student or the student’s family;
  • (5)  establish partnerships between the school and community organizations such as civic, business and professional groups and organizations; and recreational, social and after-school programs such as boys’ and girls’ clubs and boy and girl scouts;
  • (6)  identify and coordinate age-appropriate resources for students in need of:
    • (a)  counseling, training and placement for employment;
    • (b)  drug and alcohol abuse counseling;
    • (c)  family crisis counseling; and
    • (d)  mental health counseling;
  • (7)  promote family support and parent education programs; and
  • (8)  seek out other services or goods a student or the student’s family needs to assist the student to stay in school and succeed.
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