State law addresses mental and emotional health.
200-RICR-20-10-1.2.1 A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
- Each LEA shall ensure that the coherent and coordinated K-12 curriculum for health includes a. Instruction in all content areas: personal health, mental and emotional health, injury prevention (including violence prevention), nutrition, sexuality and family life, disease prevention and control, and substance use and abuse prevention - including specific topic areas required by state statute; b. An emphasis on developing the key skills (i.e., accessing information and services, analyzing social influences on health, assessing personal risks, goal-setting, decision making, communication, negotiation, and advocacy) that cut across all health content areas and on practicing health-enhancing behaviors; c. Sequential, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate instruction K-12; d. Medically accurate information; and e. Compliance with statutory requirements for instructional time as well as with other requirements in the Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs.
216-RICR-20-10-4.7 Mandated Health Instructional Outcomes
- Mental Health: the emotional, behavioral, and social factors that influence both mental and physical health;
Rhode Island DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSTRUCTIONAL OUTCOMES
This document outlines health education Standard and outcomes with regard to mental health
The Rhode Island Health Education Framework
In order to demonstrate the relationship between the Standard and health education outcomes, the outcomes need to be reviewed and assigned to the most appropriate standard (or Standard) and performance descriptions. A committee of educators and others has accomplished this task. They have aligned the outcomes with the Standard and performance descriptions. The result of this alignment can be seen in the Comprehensive Health Instructional Outcomes. It is essential that all students engage in health education programs that include all of the process and content Standard depicted in this Framework.
The Weaving of Content and Health Education Standard
(7 health education Standard are weaved with 10 health education content areas:)
Health Education Standard:
- Health promotion and disease prevention concepts
- Valid health information, products and services access
- Health enhancing and health risk reduction behaviors
- Influence of culture, media and technology
- Interpersonal communication skills
- Goal-setting and decision-making
- Personal, family, community and environmental advocacy.
- Personal Health
- Mental and Emotional Health
- Injury Prevention and Safety
- Family Life
- Environmental Health
- Disease Control and Prevention
- Substance Use and Abuse
- Consumer Health
- Community Health