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NYS Assembly Passes Resolution Funding SBHCs in 2018-19

A resolution governing the distribution of the $3,823,000 in new, one-time funds for school-based health centers in the 2018-19 State Budget was passed by the NYS Assembly. Data provided by the Division of the Budget and the NYS DOH was received by the Assembly and...

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Should Schools Have Onsite Health Clinics for Teachers?

School-based health clinics for teachers and their families can significantly lower a district's health-care costs and slightly reduce teacher absenteeism, a new study finds.  The study, conducted by the RAND Corporation and published in the Journal of Occupational...

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Districts look to bring mental health clinics into schools

Starting in the fall, more area districts will make space in their schools to house mental health counselors, as Northern Rivers, working with the Capital Region BOCES, looks to expand its services in area schools. Northern Rivers is in discussion with as many as 10...

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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.