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Broad evidence now supports the potential of school-based services for the treatment of a wide range of child mental health problems School-based services delivered by teachers and other school-based professionals can help reduce mental health problems in...read more
Dr. Chris Kjolhede, pediatrician and Co-Director of Bassett Healthcare's network of school-based health centers, is heading to DC February 28th to serve on a panel discussing children's mental health needs in the face of the opioid epidemic, particularly as parents...read more
Testimony of United Federation of Teachers Vice President for Elementary Schools, Karen Alford, before the New York City Council Committee on Education....read more
Leadership Interview: Ronda Kotelchuck Ronda Kotelchuck serves on the board of the New York School-Based Health Foundation. She was the founding CEO of the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), a partnership with a mission to expand access to primary and...read more
An interview with Melanie A. Gold, DO, professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center and professor of population and family health at the Mailman School of Public Health about motivational interviewing is a valuable counseling style designed to help...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.