New Jersey - Referrals: Program requirement

Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute

State law addresses providing referrals to private physicians or community health partners.

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-8.1 Establishment of intervention and referral services

(a) District boards of education shall establish and implement in each school building in which general education students are served a coordinated system for planning and delivering intervention and referral services designed to assist students who are experiencing learning, behavior, or health difficulties, and to assist staff who have difficulties in addressing students' learning, behavior, or health needs. District boards of education shall choose the appropriate multidisciplinary team approach for planning and delivering the services required under this subchapter.

    1. The intervention and referral services shall be provided to aid students in the general education program; and
    1. The intervention and referral services may be provided for students who have been determined to need special education programs and services.
      • i. The intervention and referral services provided for students determined to need special education programs and services shall be coordinated with the student's individualized education program team, as appropriate.
    1. Child study team members and, to the extent appropriate, specialists in the area of disability may participate on intervention and referral services teams, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.1(d)6.

New Jersey Statutes 18A:40-4 Health records; examinations for physical defects, hearing

18A :40-4 . The medical inspector, or the nurse or licensed medical and health care personnel under the immediate direction of the medical inspector, shall examine every pupil to learn whether any physical defect exists, or in lieu thereof the medical inspector may accept the report of such an examination by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery within the State or by a nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist certified by the New Jersey Board of Nursing working in collaboration with a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery within the State. If any deviations in health status are detected, the nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist shall refer the pupil to the collaborating physician. The frequency and procedure of and selection of pupils for examinations shall comply with the rules of the State board.
Source: New Jersey Legislature

New Jersey Statutes 18A:40A-10. Referral program in schools

Each local board of education shall, pursuant to guidelines developed by the Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, establish a comprehensive substance abuse intervention, prevention and treatment referral program in the public elementary and secondary schools of the district. The purpose of the program shall be to identify pupils who are substance abusers, assess the extent of these pupils’ involvement with these substances and, where appropriate, refer pupils and their families to organizations and agencies approved by the Department of Health to offer competent professional treatment. Treatment shall not be at the expense of the local board of education.
Source: New Jersey Legislature

N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.3

(a) Each district board of education shall develop written procedures for students age three through 21, including students attending nonpublic schools located within the district regardless of where they reside, who reside within the local school district with respect to the location and referral of students who may have a disability due to physical, sensory, emotional, communication, cognitive or social difficulties.

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