New Mexico - School-based or School-linked Mental Health Services: Programs and Services

Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute

State law encourages districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.

New Mexico Administrative Code Requirements

D. The wellness policy shall include, but shall not be limited to:

  • (1) a planned, sequential, K-12 health education curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health and is aligned to the health education content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in NMAC;
  • (2) a planned, sequential, K-12 physical education curriculum that provides the optimal opportunity for all students to learn and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to personally decide to participate in lifetime healthful physical activity and is aligned to the physical education content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in NMAC;
  • (3) guidelines to provide physical activity opportunities to students before, during and after school;
  • (4) nutrition guidelines meeting standards established by federal rules at 7 CFR 210.11 and 7 CFR 210.11a, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966;
  • (5) guidelines for fund raisers established at 6.12.5 NMAC and an annual assurance of compliance with limitations on fund raisers established at 6.12.5 NMAC;
  • (6) a plan addressing the behavioral health needs of all students in the educational process by focusing on students' social and emotional wellbeing;

New Mexico Statutes 22-2D-3. Programs; purpose; functions.

A.  A “family and youth resources program” may be created in any public school in the state. Except as provided in Subsection D of this section, the department shall accept applications for grants from public schools in which eighty percent of the students are eligible for the free or reduced-fee lunch program to fund their program.

B.  The purpose of the program is to provide an intermediary for students and their families at public schools to access social and health care services. The goal of the program is to forge mutual long-term relationships with public and private agencies and community-based, civic and corporate organizations to help students attain high academic achievement by meeting certain nonacademic needs of students and their families.

C.  A program shall include the employment of a resource liaison, who shall:

  • (1)  assess student and family needs and match those needs with appropriate public or private providers, including civic and corporate sponsors;
  • (2)  make referrals to health care and social service providers;
  • (3)  collaborate and coordinate with health and social service agencies and organizations through school-based and off-site delivery systems;
  • (4)  recruit service providers and business, community and civic organizations to provide needed services and goods that are not otherwise available to a student or the student’s family;
  • (5)  establish partnerships between the school and community organizations such as civic, business and professional groups and organizations; and recreational, social and after-school programs such as boys’ and girls’ clubs and boy and girl scouts;
  • (6)  identify and coordinate age-appropriate resources for students in need of:
    • (a)  counseling, training and placement for employment;
    • (b)  drug and alcohol abuse counseling;
    • (c)  family crisis counseling; and
    • (d)  mental health counseling;
  • (7)  promote family support and parent education programs; and
  • (8)  seek out other services or goods a student or the student’s family needs to assist the student to stay in school and succeed.

D.  A public school or group of public schools that has received a grant to establish a family and youth resources program may continue to be eligible for funding if its percentage of students eligible for the free or reduced-fee price lunch program drops below eighty percent, so long as it maintains an average of eighty percent or more for any three-year period.

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