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Childhood trauma can lead to long-lasting health problems

Resilience may be the answer to recovering from youth stresses “There was always something on fire,” she recalled. With four decades of time and nearly an entire continent between her and the projects, Elizabeth Fitzgerald still carries the traces of her traumatic...

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Growing need exists for pediatric mental health services

National Alliance on Mental Illness says 50 percent of all chronic illness begins before age 14 Georgia (Albany) — Anxiety, conduct disorder, ADHD, depression, substance abuse, trauma, physical and sexual abuse, and cyberbullying are among the issues young people face...

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Guilderland CSD Proposes School-Based Mental Health Clinic

Among its proposed 2018-19 school year budget, the Guilderland Central School District Board of Education included the creation of a school-based mental health clinic, in partnership with Capital Region BOCES and Parsons Child and Family Center/Northern Rivers, to...

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Hadley-Luzerne bringing in school-based mental health clinic

Hadley-Luzerne is one of the latest school districts planning to bring in an outside health provider to provide school-based counseling services. School officials are working to establish an office for a representative from the Albany-based Parsons Child and Family...

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School-based health centers recoup most budget cuts  

Crains Health Pulse 4.3.18 April 03, 2018 @crainshealth  School-based health centers recoup most budget cuts The state budget for fiscal 2019 allocated $3.8 million to school-based health centers. The funding restored nearly all of the $4 million in cuts last year...

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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.