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Politico New York Healthcare Roundup – week of December 18th

By Dan Goldberg | 12/20/2017 05:51 AM EDT PROGRAMMING NOTE: POLITICO New York Health Care will not publish from Dec. 25-Jan. 1. Our next POLITICO New York Health Care newsletter will publish on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Please continue to follow Pro New York health care...

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New York Extends Medicaid Carve-Out for SBHCs

Posted on December 19, 2017 SBHA In what is an enormous victory for the largest state school-based health care program in the country, the New York School-Based Health Alliance has successfully secured a 2.5 year extension of its Medicaid Managed Care (MMCP) carve-out...

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Doug Jones Calls on Congress to Fund CHIP. Why Hasn’t It?

Doug Jones Calls on Congress to Fund CHIP. Why Hasn't It? By Amy Davidson Sorkin The New Yorker Doug Jones, the Democrat who beat Roy Moore for the vacant Senate seat in Alabama says “I have this challenge to my future colleagues in Washington. Don’t wait on me...take...

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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.