New Mexico - School-based health services: Policy requirement

Policy Or Plan Requirements
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State law addresses aspects of traditional school-based health services (noted below), but does not formalize a program to aid in the establishment of clinics or health centers on campus for students. Health services provided for may:• Establish a school health board to govern school district health services• Set qualifications and certification required for physicians and health professionals providing school-based health services• Provide financial support for school-based health services• Address community involvement and/or partnership with school-based health services• Provide details as to the type of services provided

New Mexico Administrative Code Program Requirements

E. School health. School health programs provide opportunities for all students to develop healthy behaviors. Districts and charter schools shall provide or make provisions for school health programs that address the health needs of students and staff. Districts and charter schools shall provide the following programs: health education, physical education, health services and school counseling. Additional programs may include: nutrition, staff wellness, family-school-community partnerships, healthy environment and psychological services.

New Mexico Administrative Code Program Requirements

Support services. Districts and charter schools shall provide support service programs which strengthen the instructional program. Required support service programs are: library media, school counseling and health services. Support services shall:

  • (1) have a written, delivered and assessed program, K-12;
  • (2) provide licensed staff to develop and supervise the program;
  • (3) be assessed as part of the EPSS process; and
  • (4) support the local curriculum and EPSS.

New Mexico Administrative Code Definitions

E. "Health services" means services provided for students to appraise, protect, and promote health. These services are designed to ensure access or referral to primary health care or behavioral health services or both, foster appropriate use of primary health care services, behavioral health services, prevent and control communicable diseases and other health problems, provide emergency care for illness or injury, promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment, and provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family, and community health.

New Mexico Administrative Code Requirements

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

  • (8) a plan addressing the health services needs of students in the educational process;
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