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SBHC Staff Testimonials

“SBHC services during a pandemic has definitely been a major transition. One, that I think we took it in stride and was able to continue great work through the use of telehealth. Our mental health division was able to transition to telehealth a week and medical shortly after.”​

-Tiffany Watson-Labbate, Behavioral Health Supervisor

SBHC Staff Testimonials

“The SBHC functioned as a family with everyone having their piece of the puzzle to function. The most important thing was to keep the connection between the staff, faculty, students & parents. This was done through regular meetings with the SBHC staff and the school… The pandemic showed the strengths and flexibility of the staff to adapt to the change.”​

-Jeannine Brooks, Nurse Practitioner

SBHC Staff Testimonials

“We’ve been trying to accommodate our kids as much as possible in the safest way possible during the pandemic. Meeting up with the kids and being able to give them a service that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to get during this crisis – that was really a highlight for us.”​

-Jalissa Vargas, Nurse and Health Educator

COVID-19, SBHCs and Schools


NYSBHA’s task force created a guide for schools with SBHCs during COVID-19

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Schools are Closed, but Health Centers Still Available

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Watertown City School District may be fully remote until February, but the health centers housed inside schools are up and running. They’re run by North Country Family Health Center and provide medical and behavioral services to students...

Counties, School Board Groups Discuss Challenges to Children’s Mental Health

ALBANY — Nearly 150 county officials joined a webinar hosted by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), and the Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors (CLMHD), which gathered stakeholders from...

Well Balanced Diet = Healthy Children

The best formula to fuel your child’s growth and development is based on principles of nutrition. Having a healthy and well balanced diet is especially important during this period of time. The MayoClinic has recommended & categorized age groups and their...

Offering Comfort from Sesame Street

During tough times—both everyday challenges and more serious experiences—support from caring adults can offer children comfort and reassurance. But sometimes we need help showing we care in ways that help kids really feel it. It can help to reflect on how love was...

These are the NYC Education Issues to Watch in Albany’s New Legislative Session

Original article written by Reena Amin for Chalkbeat Today, January 6, state lawmakers in New York are preparing to start a new legislative session with a major focus on money and the state budget. While school funding has always been an issue in Albany, this year...

More Psychiatrists Needed to Meet Pandemic Demand For Mental Health ServicesMore Psychiatrists Needed to Meet Pandemic Demand For Mental Health Services

NYC Health + Hospitals is looking to hire new psychiatrists to meet the pandemic induced demand for mental health services. While the campaign is currently open-ended, its focus is on enhancing existing services and making them more accessible to a wider range of...

Coronavirus Update New York City: 5 NYC Vaccination Sites to Open, Including Two 24-hour Locations

The two mega sites opening Sunday -- one at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park and the other is the Bathgate Contract Postal Station in the Bronx -- will be open to limited hours (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) this afternoon and start 24-hour, 7 days a week operations at...

2021: An Active Year for M&As in the Digital Health Space

Original article written by Sebastian Seiguer for NASDAQ Written from a financial standpoint, this article posits that the growth of telehealth during the pandemic has led to considerable growth in the digital health market. Telehealth as a function (streaming,...

Psychologists Address Kids’ Mental Health in the Pandemic

The pandemic is interrupting typical school instruction and causing added stress for kids. Some are on hybrid schedules, learning remotely on some days and in the classroom on others. They are not seeing friends or socializing in person as often, and like everyone...

NYC Must Face Suit to Provide Wi-Fi to More Than 100,000 Homeless Kids Learning Remotely, Judge Rules

New York City has an estimated 114,000 homeless children, many of whom have had to adapt to an age of virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in shelters with no internet access. “Without internet connectivity, homeless students are deprived of the means to...

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.