Health and Safety
Maternal and Child Health Services for Children with Special Health Care
§ 23-13-20 Coordination of community-based
family life and sex education.
(a) The director of health, with the consultation from the commissioner of
elementary and secondary education, the director of human services, the Family
Life Center at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the director of the
department of children, youth, and families, is authorized to establish a
family life and sex education coordination program to assist in the
establishment of community networks of educators, counselors, and health and
human service providers in the maternal and child health planning areas of the
state with high rates of teenage pregnancy. The epidemic of teenage pregnancy
is, in part, a result of a deteriorating quality of family life reflected in
high divorce rates, confusion between love and sex, and increasing reports of
isolation and hopelessness. This community-based approach can address the
problem of teenage pregnancy created by the demographic, economic, and cultural
phenomena that have dramatically changed both the definition and the role of
the family. This program shall include counseling in substance abuse prevention.
(b) It is the intent of the general assembly that the complex
social problem of teenage pregnancy be addressed by the thoughtful
orchestration of community institutions and interest groups to support a sound
school program designed both to enhance the personal competence and self-esteem
of youth, and improve parent skills in providing explicit sexuality education
in the home.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1988, ch. 414, § 1; P.L. 1990, ch. 79, § 1.)