State law encourages or requires districts to implement identification and referral processes to link students and families with needed resources.
200-RICR-20-10-1.3.3 Health and Social Service Supports
A. Health, mental health, and social service needs of children and their families may be barriers to academic success. Each LEA shall therefore provide and/or facilitate partnerships with community agencies to provide, on site or through referral, a broad array of services and supports to meet these needs. [...] C. Psychological and Mental Health Services
- Mental and emotional health issues directly impede students' abilities to learn. Such issues include bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, anxiety, and domestic violence, as well as psychiatric disorders.
- Therefore, each LEA shall: a. Ensure that students have access to a coordinated program of culturally and linguistically responsive psychological and mental health services, on site or through effective referral systems; b. Ensure that school psychological and mental health services will be provided by appropriately credentialed, high quality staff. Services must provide for identification of risks and assessment of service needs; primary prevention; individual, family, and group counseling; consultative services; and resource and service coordination; and c. To the extent practicable, ensure that schools coordinate with community youth development, prevention, and treatment efforts.