Rhode Island - Early Identification and Referral: Programs and Services

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

Basic Education Program 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.

Basic Education Program 200-RICR-20-10-1.3.3 Health and Social Service Supports

C. Psychological and Mental Health Services

    1. 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.
    1. 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.
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