Making schools healthy
Students perform better when they show up for class healthy and ready to learn.
COVID-19 Resource Links
As SBHCs, health care providers, parents and the general public endeavor to keep on top of this fast-moving pandemic, it helps to check on state and national (non-media) resources for up-to-date information:
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Latest News & Events
CMS NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries Trump Administration Approves 34th State Request for Medicaid Emergency Waivers Expeditious wavier approvals ensure that CMS provides states with maximum...read more
A Medicaid Update Special Edition was issued on March 21, 2020 by the New York State Department of Health, features an updated Comprehensive Guidance Regarding Use of Telehealth including Telephonic Services During the COVID-19 State of Emergency. This Medicaid...read more
Child Trends 3-18-20 School-based health centers provide primary and preventative health care, chronic disease management, dental care, and mental health services to over 6 million students in over 10,000 schools in the United States. Unfortunately, as school closures...read more
The NYS Department of Health issued a Special Edition Medicaid update regarding COVID-19 Telephonic Communication Services. Effective for dates of service on or after March 13, 2020 during the current State of Emergency only, New York State Medicaid will reimburse...read more
The New York State Department of Health (Department) Bureau of Child Health (BCH) would like to thank our dedicated School-Based Health Center (SBHC) providers for your ongoing response efforts to the spread of COVID-19. As more schools and public venues are closing...read more
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.