The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is proud to announce a new national recognition program for school-based health centers. The School-Based Medical Home (SBMH) recognition program is the first and only national program that recognizes school-based health centers providing full-spectrum care to children and adolescents in a safe and accessible location—their school.

The concept for the school-based recognition program stems from a collaboration between Montefiore School Health Program, the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), and the New York School-Based Health Alliance (NYSBHA) which recognized the need for tailored standards for school-based clinics.

“NYSBHA is thrilled to have this collaboration with Montefiore and PCDC recognized by the NCQA,” said Sarah Murphy, executive director for the New York School-Based Health Alliance. “School-based health centers are unique and forward-thinking, and with their focus on prevention, the resulting improvements in children’s health, academic performance and overall healthcare cost savings demonstrate the value of this model of care.”