Outline of the state of North Carolina
North Carolina
Encouraged or Required

Early Identification and Referral

Early Identification and Referral

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

North Carolina General Statutes 130A-4.3. State funds for school nurses.

(b) The Division of Public Health shall ensure that school nurses funded with State funds (i) do not assist in any instructional or administrative duties associated with a school's curriculum and (ii) perform all of the following with respect to school health programs:

  • (1) Serve as the coordinator of the health services program and provide nursing care.
  • (2) Provide health education to students, staff, and parents.
  • (3) Identify health and safety concerns in the school environment and promote a nurturing school environment.
  • (4) Support healthy food services programs.
  • (5) Promote healthy physical education, sports policies, and practices.
  • (6) Provide health counseling, assess mental health needs, provide interventions, and refer students to appropriate school staff or community agencies.
Policy Type

Policy SHLT-003: School-Based Mental Health Initiative

Policy addresses establishing early identification and referral processes and networks to link students with mental, behavioral health, or social services needs to intervention services.

Policy Type