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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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Montefiore gets $4.5M to invest in school behavioral health programs

Crains Health Pulse New York The Montefiore Health System’s school health program will get $4.5 million for behavioral health programs this year, thanks to funding secured by New York leadership in Congress, Montefiore has announced. The support is part of a federal...

Telemedicine Could Help Keep Kids in Class

After telemedicine was implemented, the researchers found that students in grades 3-8 who had access to telemedicine at school missed on average 10 percent fewer days of school (.8 days in a typical school year) and were 29 percent less likely to become chronically...

NYC Nurses Go on strike at Mount Sinai and Montefiore Hospitals

More than 7,000 nurses at two hospitals in New York City went on strike early Monday, forcing the health centers into a frantic flurry to move patients, divert ambulances and scale back other services, including their school-based health centers (sbhcs). After failing...

School-based health clinics a ‘game changer,’ especially for rural students

WSKG | By Phoebe Taylor-Vuolo, Report for America corps member Published January 5, 2023 Bassett Healthcare runs the largest school-based health network in rural New York. It has locations in Schoharie, Chenango, Otsego and Broome counties. At school-based health...

School-Based Health Centers in Oneida County Published 12/29/2022 ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – For some, getting to the doctor with their child is not an easy task. But luckily, there are four School-Based Health Alliance locations across Oneida County. Rich Williams, Chief Operating...

HHS Invests Nearly $27 Million to Expand Support for Pediatric Mental Health Care

Three national organizations also will receive a total of $3.2 million to provide technical assistance to grantees including the School-Based Health Alliance The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services...

We Need More Health Clinics at Schools

In-school clinics improve well-being and educational outcomes and serve children who need them most After more than two years of disrupted lessons during the pandemic, it's clearer than ever that schools are more than just places to learn: they are vital safe spaces...

Bassett School-Based Health Center earns $5K award from Excellus. Where the funds will go.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has named Bassett’s School-Based Health Center (SBHC) program as a 2022 recipient of its $5,000 Community Health Award. Practice Manager Jane Hamilton, RN, and Courtney Graham, FNP, accepted the funding on behalf of SBHC during a visit...

Just over half of U.S. public schools offer mental health assessments for students; fewer offer treatment

Citing an “unprecedented mental health crisis” among young people in the United States, the Biden administration recently announced new funding to expand mental health services in the nation’s K-12 schools. While school-based mental health services have become more...

Medicaid Changes Could Provide a Big Boost to School Mental Health Services

As the founder of a public residential high school in Baton Rouge, La., Sarah Broome saw Medicaid as a logical way to pay for much-needed student mental health services. Many students at Thrive Academy came from low-income families and had a history of trauma. Broome...

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.