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School-based health centers recoup most budget cuts  

Crains Health Pulse 4.3.18 April 03, 2018 @crainshealth  School-based health centers recoup most budget cuts The state budget for fiscal 2019 allocated $3.8 million to school-based health centers. The funding restored nearly all of the $4 million in cuts last year...

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Arm teachers with mental health providers

Montefiore's Dr. David Appel provides commentary to Pediatric News on Florida's recently passed gun control bill, namely, its inclusion of funding to expand mental health services for students through a simple, sustainable, and nonpolitical solution: the provision of...

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N.Y. advocates push for school mental health center

Funds needed as schools roll out mental health curriculum this fall, advocates say In a few months, New York will become the first state to require mental health education as part of its statewide school curriculum, and mental health advocates are urging the governor...

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NY Senate Defines School Shootings As Terrorism: Murphy

Senator Terrence Murphy (R-40) was a sponsor of a comprehensive safety plan to improve security and keep children safe at schools and other venues that recently passed the New York State Senate. The bill defines school shootings as terrorism and enables individuals to...

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NYS DOH Regional Training Schedule for SBHCs

School Based Health Center and School Based Health Center-Dental Regional Training Scheduled in 2018 The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Bureau of Child Health, is inviting all current Article 28 sponsors to the 2018 School Based Health Center/School...

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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.