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SBHC Staff Testimonials

“SBHC services during a pandemic has definitely been a major transition. One, that I think we took it in stride and was able to continue great work through the use of telehealth. Our mental health division was able to transition to telehealth a week and medical shortly after.”​

-Tiffany Watson-Labbate, Behavioral Health Supervisor

SBHC Staff Testimonials

“The SBHC functioned as a family with everyone having their piece of the puzzle to function. The most important thing was to keep the connection between the staff, faculty, students & parents. This was done through regular meetings with the SBHC staff and the school… The pandemic showed the strengths and flexibility of the staff to adapt to the change.”​

-Jeannine Brooks, Nurse Practitioner

SBHC Staff Testimonials

“We’ve been trying to accommodate our kids as much as possible in the safest way possible during the pandemic. Meeting up with the kids and being able to give them a service that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to get during this crisis – that was really a highlight for us.”​

-Jalissa Vargas, Nurse and Health Educator

COVID-19, SBHCs and Schools


NYSBHA’s task force created a guide for schools with SBHCs during COVID-19

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‘I’m lucky if I can get him out of bed’: NYC families struggle with school refusal

Many children have days where they dread school or try to get out of going at some point in their academic career. Studies estimate about 1 to 5% of children nationwide exhibited signs of school refusal before the pandemic. Experts, parents, and educators told...

HomeHealthBassett Healthcare Network Champions Healthy Rural Communities with Distinctive NYS License Plate Legislation HEALTH Bassett Healthcare Network Champions Healthy Rural Communities With Distinctive NYS License Plate Legislation

Cooperstown, NY, May 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Central New York’s Bassett Healthcare Network has proposed innovative legislation to Albany lawmakers to provide additional funding to help overcome critical rural health disparities. The proposal is to offer a...

4 Keys to Delivering Superior Virtual Care

Across the nation, hospitals and health systems are reshaping virtual care programs to be more accessible, affordable and responsive to patients, clinicians and care teams. The challenge is: How do you capture best practices of in-person visits and evidence-based...

Bassett’s Dr. Chris Kjolhede Speaks About The Importance of Childhood HPV Vaccination in Utica Observer-Dispatch

​Dr. Christopher Kjolhede, pediatrician and co-director of Bassett Healthcare Network’s School-Based Health Program, was recently featured in a piece published by the Utica Observer-Dispatch (later published in the Elmira Star Gazette) about the importance of...

Teen Mental Health is in Downwards Slide

Open Door Family Medical-Westchester -May is Mental Health Month Behavioral health therapists at Open Door Family Medical Center viewed Marilyn (not her real name) as “a child with really, really significant mental health needs.”  The 14-year-old, however, who lives...

Vaping Increases Risk of Tooth, Gum Problems

Studies have shown that heavy vaping among young people potentially could increase risk for periodontal disease later in life, and also can cause mouth and tongue ulcers. The American Dental Association has adopted an interim policy calling for a total ban on vape...

Health clinic to open in Webutuck school

In many rural parts of the state, it can be hard for children and families to access health care. But one rural community in Dutchess County is hoping to change that by opening the first school-based health clinic in the Mid-Hudson region. Just a few steps down the...

Department of Health and Human Services awards nearly $25M to expand access to school-based health services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Tuesday awarded nearly $25 million to improve and strengthen access to school-based health services in communities across the country. Awards will...

Mental Health Awareness Month: tips to help you through tough times

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and while the future of the pandemic is uncertain, its impacts on mental health are long-lasting. Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds....

How parents can help children who may be struggling with mental health: “Kids will always surprise you”

Resources:If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. With one in five children and adolescents coping with a diagnosable mental health or learning...

Our Mission

Our mission is to create access to comprehensive, high-quality primary care, including medical, mental, oral, and community health services, for all children and youth statewide through SBHCs. The Alliance achieves this by advocating for policies that promote the sustainability of SBHCs; promoting the delivery of high-quality services; raising awareness of the school-based health model; and promoting the growth and expansion of SBHCs. We have been very successful in executing our mission; today, more than 200,000 children in the state have access to school-based health services, and nearly 169,000 are enrolled in their SBHC.

Goals of a School-Based Health Center


Support the School

The SBHC is built upon mutual respect and collaboration between the school and the health provider to promote the health and educational success of school-aged children.

Implements Effective Systems

Administrative and clinical systems are designed to support effective delivery of services incorporating accountability mechanisms and performance improvement practices.

Focus on the Student

Services involve students as responsible participants in their health care, encourage the role of parents and other family members, and are accessible, confidential, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate.

Delivers Comprehensive Care

An interdisciplinary team provides access to high quality comprehensive physical and mental health services emphasizing prevention and early intervention.

Support the Community

The SBHC is developed and operates based on continual assessment of local assets and needs.

Advances Health Promotion Activities

he SBHC takes advantage of its location to advance effective health promotion activities to students and community.

Provides Leadership in Adolescent and Child Health

The SBHC model provides unique opportunities to increase expertise in adolescent and child health, and to inform and influence policy and practice.