State law encourages districts to implement school-based alcohol and drug referral, intervention or treatment programs for students with substance use disorders.
Iowa Administrative Code 281-66.4 Program Plan.
The following areas shall be included in a program plan developed by a school district in response to an RFP issued by the department of education.
66.4(1) Identifying the need for the program. An explanation shall be provided which identifies the significant children and youth concerns that exist in the district. This explanation may include but not be limited to:
- a. High rates of child and youth problems, compared to average state rates, including school dropouts; absenteeism; teen pregnancy; teen parents; juvenile offenders; unemployment; teen suicide; mental health problems; substance use and abuse; other health problems; homelessness; and language, gender and disability barriers.
- b. Indications of poverty including such areas as the percentage of parents in the district qualifying for the economic eligibility requirements established under the federal National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Act, 42 U.S.C. Sections 1751-1760, for free or reduced price lunches, and census economic data that can be seen as a proxy for other youth concerns.
- c. Percentages of school-age children needing additional assistance to succeed in the elementary school, middle school, and high school education program and for whom appropriate services are not being provided.
- d. Comparisons of existing resources and demands for services in mental health, employment, child care, health care, in-school instructional support services and school guidance services.
- e. Identification of existing staff needs for training to improve services.
- f. Description of problems in existing arrangements to coordinate school and other service providers.
66.4(2) Identifying objectives. The following objectives shall be included in the program plan.
- a. The establishment of a youth services education program located in or near an elementary school, middle school or high school that integrates multiple service providers with children or youth in need of services to assist them to succeed in education programs, to complete high school and be productive workers and contributors to the community.
- b. Provisions for no less than the minimum education program as defined in Iowa Code section 256.11 and rule 281 -- 12.5(256).
- c. Flexibility of the education program to accommodate other community-based services such as mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and health care.
Iowa Code 262.9A Prohibition of controlled substances.
The state board of regents shall adopt a policy that prohibits unlawful possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances by students and employees on property owned or leased by an institution or in conjunction with activities sponsored by an institution governed by the board. Each institution shall provide information about the policy to all students and employees. The policy shall include a clear statement of sanctions for violation of the policy and information about available drug or alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs. In carrying out this policy, the institutions shall provide substance abuse prevention programs for students and employees.