The Health Services, staffed by qualified professional health care providers, provides a broad scope of services which address the physical and mental health needs of students and staff.

The Health Services component promotes:
  • The provision of coordinated, accessible physical health and mental health services for students and staff which include: violence prevention, school safety, communicable disease prevention, dental exams, immunizations, parenting skills, first aid, health education, and others;
  • Identification of and linkage to community health providers and resources; and
  • Primary coordination of school health services through the school nurse.

Goal: Advocate for the development of an effective system to meet the health and mental health needs of students, staff, and families.

School Health Manual

Developed by the Department of Health to guide service providers.

Medicaid in the Schools

School districts may apply for a Medicaid provider number. Services currently reimbursed to schools by Medicaid include: EPSDT, social work, case management, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Click here to visit the New Mexico Medicaid in the Schools website.

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School Health Rules on Health Services

Health Services

6.12.2 NMAC HEALTH SERVICES:

  • This rule addresses provisions of health services for children attending schools in New Mexico.

6.29.1 NMAC STANDARDS FOR EXCELLENCE GENERAL PROVISIONS:

  • Standards for Excellence General Provisions contains the requirements, educational standards and student expectations in public schools.  Specific to health services, Standards for Excellence General Provisions requires:
    • District and charter schools must provide or make provisions for support service programs, which strengthen the instructional program.  Required support service programs include health services.  Support services must: (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 (see 6.29.1.8 NMAC); and (4) support the local curriculum and EPSS.  The rule allows for exemptions by the Public Health Division, Department of Health (PHD/DOH) if certain conditions are met.

6.12.6 NMAC SCHOOL DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY:

  • This rule requires each school district and charter school to develop and implement local wellness policies that include:
    • A plan addressing the health services needs of students in the educational process.
Students with HIV

6.12.2.10 HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV)

  • This rule charges each school district with implementing a policy to ensure that all students with HIV/AIDS have appropriate access to public education and that their rights to privacy are protected.
Immunizations

6.12.2.8 NMAC REQUIREMENTS FOR IMMUNIZATION OF CHILDREN ATTENDING PUBLIC, NONPUBLIC, OR HOME SCHOOLS:

  • This rule requires all students enrolled in the public, nonpublic, or home schools in the state to present satisfactory evidence of commencement or completion of immunization in accordance with the immunization schedule and rules and regulations of the PHD/DOH
    • The rule allows for exemptions by the PHD/DOH if certain conditions are met.
Asthma

6.12.2.9 NMAC STUDENT'S RIGHT TO SELF ADMINISTER CERTAIN MEDICATIONS:

  • This rule requires public and nonpublic schools to grant to any student in grades kindergarten through 12 authorization to carry and self-administer health care practitioner prescribed asthma treatment medications and anaphylaxis emergency treatment medication as long as certain conditions are met.
Diabetes

6.12.8 NMAC DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT BY STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL SETTING:

  • This rule allows students who are authorized pursuant to this rule the right to self-manage their diabetes care in the school setting and to develop mechanisms that support safe diabetes self-management in the school environment.
Screening for Health Conditions

Section 24-1-30 through 21-1-32 NMSA, 1978 SAVE THE CHILDREN'S SIGHT FUND:

  • The “Save the Children Sight Fund” was created in 2007.  The enabling legislation for the “Save Our Children’s Sight Fund” requires: 1) vision screening tests to be administered to students enrolled in the school in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade and third grade and for transfer and new students in those grades, unless a parent affirmatively prohibits the visual screening; 2) DOH to promulgate rules for the award of money for certain eligible students from the fund and 4) DOH to promulgate rules to establish vision screening test standards based upon a DOH Secretary-appointed advisory committee’s recommendation.
  • 7.30.10 NMAC establishes criteria for applying for financial support from the save our children’s sight fund and award of these funds.
  • 7.30.11 NMAC  requires All public school students enrolled in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade and third grade including new students and transfer students in those grades shall have a vision screening test administered unless the parent (guardian) affirmatively prohibits the screening.