Learning & Resources
School health services play a critical role in ensuring that children and youth have access to high-quality, affordable health care. By providing medical, mental health, oral health, and youth development services on school campuses, school-based health centers (SBHCs) and other school health providers positively impact students’ health and learning. They address a wide variety of health needs, from asthma management to flu vaccination to teen pregnancy prevention. At the same time, SBHC staff and other school health personnel can act as key partners in efforts to address chronic absenteeism and promote a positive school climate.
This section has background on common issues related to health and learning, and tools that will help SBHCs and other school health providers develop and run high-quality services.
General Handouts & Tools
FERPA or HIPAA? A commonly-asked question:
- A school health program’s records are subject to FERPA if the program is funded, administered and operated by or on behalf of a school or educational institution.
- A school health program’s records are subject to HIPAA if the program is funded, administered and operated by or on behalf of a public or private health, social services, or other non-educational agency or individual.
Guides & Toolkits
- NYS HPV Vaccination Guide For School-Based Health Centers
Got Transition Resource to help children & families transition from pediatric to adult healthcare
- Teenagers, Health Care & The Law: NYCLU Guide to Minor’s Rights in New York State (*updated Aug 2018)
- 5-4-3-2-1 Go! Healthy Eating/Addressing Obesity Tool Kit
- Economic Studies at Brookings paper: School-centered approaches to improve community health: lessons from school-based health centers
- NYSDOH FAQ Document for SBHC 2016 Funding Assessment Workbook:
SBHC 2016 Assessment Questions.docx
- NYS Mandated Reporter – Self Directed Online Training
sponsored by NYS OCFS and administered by SUNY Buffalo State FAQs
- Healthy Eating Plate in 20 languages via Harvard School of Public Health
- Modifiable versions of standard parent letters etc.
- Searchable Database of Patient Handouts (Multiple Languages)
- Well Child Handouts – Personalize With Your Local Clinic Inf (English/Spanish)
- Medical Nutrition Protocols and Therapies Guidelines
- AHRQ Warehouse of Current Guidelines
A free online resource directory for social workers, caseworkers,discharge planners, and other information and referral professionals.
- Seventy-five percent of SBHCs have a mental health provider.
- In studies of SBHC service utilization, mental health counseling is repeatedly identified as the leading reason for visits by students.
- One 1998 study found that adolescents who had access to SBHCs were ten times more likely to make a mental health or substance abuse visit than those without access to an SBHC.
- In one study, inner-city students were 21 times more likely to make mental-health related visits to SBHCs than to community health centers.
- A national survey of SBHCs found the following mental health and counseling services are provided at SBHCs where mental health professionals are included as center staff: crisis intervention, mental health assessment, grief and loss therapy, substance use therapy, mediation, and others.
- School-based health centers offer high quality mental health care by using an integrated strategy for addressing health and mental health issues. Several studies have shown that the barriers experienced in traditional mental health settings – stigma, non-compliance, inadequate access – are overcome in school-based settings.
- One study found that students served by SBHCs had fewer discipline problems, course failures, and school absences.
NYCLU Resource Links
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
- Information on SBHCs from the NYSDOH including a SBHC fact sheet and SBHC principles and guidelines
- Information on SBHC dental programs (SBHC-D) from the NYSDOH including SBHC-D applications and guidance for providers
- DYK? Quarterly SBHC Report Dates & 30 Day Filing Due Dates per DOH:
Q1 7/1 – 9/30; filing date 10/31
Q2 10/1 – 12/31; filing date 1/31
Q3 1/1 – 3/31; filing date 4/30
Q4 4/1 – 6/30; filing date 7/31
End of Year Report filing date 7/31
SBHA National and State Affiliates
- National School-Based Health Alliance Website
- New Mexico
- School Based health Center Position Paper of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
- School-Based Health Centers & School Nurses Fact Sheets
- The W.K. Kellogg Foundation: School-Based Health Care Policy Program
Publications & Fact Sheets
- NYSBHA Annual Report 2016
- NYSBHA Annual Report 2015
- Health Barriers to Learning & the Education Opportunity Gap
- NYSBHA Annual Report 2014
- School-Based Health Center Advocacy: Advocacy Brief 2012
- Education and the SBHC Model: School-Based Health Centers: Expanding the Knowledge and Vision
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