Rhode Island - School-based health services: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses the development of school-based health centers or clinics, even if only through a grant program on some campuses.

Rhode Island General Laws 16-21-7. School health

(a) All schools that are approved for the purpose of §§ 16-19-1 and 16-19-2 shall have a school health program that shall be approved by the state director of the department of health and the commissioner of elementary and secondary education or the commissioner of higher education, as appropriate. The program shall provide for the organized direction and supervision of a healthful school environment, health education, and services. The program shall include and provide, within and consistent with existing school facilities, for the administration of nursing care by certified nurse teachers, as defined in § 16-21-8, as shall be requested, in writing, by the attending physician of any student and authorized, in writing, by the parent or legal guardian of the student. No instruction in the characteristics, symptoms, and the treatment of disease shall be given to any child whose parent or guardian shall present a written statement signed by them stating that the instructions should not be given the child because of religious beliefs.


200-RICR-20-10-1 Basic Education Program

1.3.3 Health and Social Service Supports

B. Health Services

  1. Each LEA shall implement and comply with the requirements of the Health Services section of the Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs, addressing school health staff, health and dental screenings, physical examinations, records review and maintenance, medication administration, emergency care, chronic disease care, compliance with immunization regulations, and compliance with any other state or federal health related regulations and statutes.

Source: Rhode Island Department of State


RI Administrative Code 21-2-53:G-14-3

G-14-3 HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICE SUPPORTS
Health, mental health, and social service needs of children and their families may be barriers to academic success. Each LEA shall therefore provide and/or facilitate partnerships with community agencies to provide, on site or through referral, a broad array of services and supports to meet these needs.

G-14-3.1. Health Services.
Each LEA shall implement and comply with the requirements of the Health Services section of the Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs, addressing school health staff, health and dental screenings, physical examinations, records review and maintenance, medication administration, emergency care, chronic disease care, compliance with immunization regulations, and compliance with any other state or federal health related regulations and statutes.

Source: Rhode Island Department of State


Rhode Island Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs

Section 2.0 General Requirements
2.1 All schools that are approved pursuant to RIGL §§ 16-19-1 and 16-19-2 shall have a comprehensive school health program consisting of health education, health services and a healthful school environment, approved by the State Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Director of Health in accordance with RIGL § 16-21-7. The health education program (curriculum and personnel) for non-public schools shall be consistent with the provisions of § 3.1 of these Regulations.

Source: Rhode Island Department of State


216-RICR-40-10-18 School Based Health Centers

18.4.2 Application for License
A. Application for a license to conduct, maintain or operate a school-based health center shall be made to the Department upon forms provided by it, and shall contain such information as the Department reasonably requires, including but not limited to, evidence of ability to comply with the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 23-17 and this Part.
B. A notarized listing of names and addresses of direct and indirect owners of the licensed health care facility (see requirements of § 18.4.1(A) of this Part above) whether individual, partnership, or corporation with percentages of ownership designated shall be provided with the application for licensure and shall be updated annually. The list shall include each owner (in whole or in part) of the facility or any of the property or assets of the facility. The list shall also include all officers, directors and other persons or any subsidiary corporation owning stock, if the facility is organized as a corporation, and all partners if the facility is organized as a partnership.
C. There shall be a current, written memorandum of understanding in place that delineates the responsibilities of both the facility and the public school district.

Source: Rhode Island Department of State

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