Rhode Island - Alcohol and Drug-use Intervention Programs: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law requires districts to implement school-based alcohol and drug referral, intervention or treatment programs for students with substance use disorders.

Basic Education Program 200-RICR-20-10-1.3.3 Health and Social Service Supports

C. Psychological and Mental Health Services

    1. Mental and emotional health issues directly impede students' abilities to learn. Such issues include bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, anxiety, and domestic violence, as well as psychiatric disorders.
    1. Therefore, each LEA shall:
      • a. Ensure that students have access to a coordinated program of culturally and linguistically responsive psychological and mental health services, on site or through effective referral systems;
      • b. Ensure that school psychological and mental health services will be provided by appropriately credentialed, high quality staff. Services must provide for identification of risks and assessment of service needs; primary prevention; individual, family, and group counseling; consultative services; and resource and service coordination; and
      • c. To the extent practicable, ensure that schools coordinate with community youth development, prevention, and treatment efforts.
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