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Latest News & Events
How the Lack of School Mental Health Staﬀ Is Harming Students A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union examines why more mental health counselors are needed in schools. The report, “Cops and No Counselors,” reviews new data made available after the federal...read more
Long-Term Partnership Provides Free Eye Exams, Glasses To Improve Learning For Schoolchildren In Under-Resourced New York City Neighborhoods
Health nonprofit founded by Helen Keller completes 2 millionth vision screening at Children's Aid after-school program in Washington Heights NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The 103-year-old nonprofit health organization Helen Keller International...read more
photo credit: CrystalJDesign NYSBHA members are grearing up for our annual event, Advocacy Day, scheduled for Monday, February 11th in the Convention Hall space at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Hundred of students, staff and parents will be in attendance...read more
#SBHCmonth19 February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month, an effort to highlight and recognize the role school-based health care providers play in ensuring students have access to high-quality health care, including oral health. ARTICLEread more
Students at Lyme Central School are now able to get free dental services without leaving the building. The North Country Family Health Center cut the ribbon on its newest school-based dental health program after a $300,000 state grant with help from Senator Patty...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.