Rhode Island - School-based or School-linked Mental Health Services: Programs and Services

Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute

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

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.

Rhode Island General Laws § 16-73-1.1. Definition

"Child opportunity zone", Rhode Island's community school initiative, means a site at or near a school that provides: early childhood initiatives; before-school, after-school, and summer enrichment programs; health and mental health services; parent engagement, adult education, workforce development training; or any combination of these programs based upon the students and the community's needs.
Rhode Island General Assembly

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