State law encourages districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.
Nebraska Revised Statutes 68-907. Terms, defined.
(6) School-based health center means a health center that:
(a) Is located in or is adjacent to a school facility;
(b) Is organized through school, school district, learning community, community, and provider relationships;
(c) Is administered by a sponsoring facility;
(d) Provides school-based health services onsite during school hours to children and adolescents by health care professionals in accordance with state and local laws, rules, and regulations, established Standard, and community practice;
(e) Does not perform abortion services or refer or counsel for abortion services and does not dispense, prescribe, or counsel for contraceptive drugs or devices; and
(f) Does not serve as a child’s or an adolescent’s medical or dental home but augments and supports services provided by the medical or dental home;
(7) School-based health services may include any combination of the following as determined in partnership with a sponsoring facility, the school district, and the community:
(a) Medical health;
(b) Behavioral and mental health;
(c) Preventive health; and
(d) Oral health.
Nebraska Revised Statutes 79-2114. Elementaty learning center; services and programs; report required.
(1) Programs offered by an elementary learning center may be accessed by any elementary-age child who resides in the learning community or any family with an elementary-age child who resides in the learning community. Services to be provided by the elementary learning center shall comply with all applicable state regulations for such services, including, but not limited to, regulations requiring certification of teachers, safety provisions, and compliance with state Standard. Such programs shall be designed to enhance the academic success of elementary students and may include, but are not limited to:
- (a) Summer school, extended-school-day programs, and extended-school-year programs which may be coordinated with programs offered in the schools;
- (b) Literacy centers for providing intensive assistance to elementary-age children and their parents to work on reading skills outside of the school day;
- (c) Computer labs;
- (d) Tutors for elementary students;
- (e) Mentors for elementary students;
- (f) Services for transient students;
- (g) Attendance advocates to assist in resolving issues that contribute to truancy;
- (h) Transportation for truant students;
- (i) English classes for parents and other family members;
- (j) Health services;
- (k) Mental health services;