State law encourages districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.
Maine Revised Statutes 20-A 9921. Definitions
1. Community partner. “Community partner” means a provider of one or more of the following services to students, families or community members:
- A. Primary medical or dental care;
- B. Nurse home visitation services;
- C. Mental health treatment and counseling services;
Maine Revised Statutes 20-A 9922. Establishment of a community school
Beginning October 1, 2015, a school board may designate an existing school or establish a new school as a community school.
1. Community school plan goals. A community school shall collaborate with community partners to provide services to students, families and community members that promote student success while addressing the needs of the whole student. A school board may designate or establish a community school as long as the community school plan developed by the school board is consistent with the following goals:
- A. Improving student learning and development by providing support for students to enable them to graduate college-ready and career-ready;
- B. Improving the coordination and integration, accessibility and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for students attending high-poverty schools, including high-poverty rural schools;
- C. Enabling educators and school personnel to complement and enrich efforts to improve academic achievement and other results related to student learning and development;
- D. Ensuring that children have the physical, social and emotional well-being to come to school ready to engage in the learning process every day;
- E. Promoting and enabling family and community engagement in the education of children;
- F. Enabling more efficient use of federal, state, local and private sector resources that serve children and families;
- G. Facilitating the coordination and integration of programs and services operated by community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations and state, local and tribal governments;
- H. Engaging students as resources for their communities; and
- I. Engaging the business community and other community organizations as partners.
2. Audit. Following the designation or establishment of a community school, but prior to the opening of a community school, a school board shall conduct:
- A. A community needs audit to identify the academic, physical, social, emotional, health, mental health and civic needs of students and their families that may affect student learning and academic achievement;
- B. A community resource assessment of potential resources, services and opportunities available within or near the community that students, families and community members may access and integrate into the community school; and
- C. For an existing school that has been designated as a community school, an operations and instructional audit.