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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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How to Build Digital Literacy for Your K-8 Child

Kids begin consuming digital media early, at home and in school. Here's how parents can foster good online practices. Tablets, smartphones and other digital devices are part of the modern classroom and social scene. But – as with any tool – training, practice and...

Expanded Child Tax Credits Mean More Money for NYC Families — and Their Kids May Do Better In School

Families on Thursday began receiving the first monthly payments from a dramatically expanded child tax credit, a key part of the almost $2 trillion American Rescue Plan. Advocates estimate it will help lift 250,000 children out of poverty in New York alone. It also...

What did Title IX changes just do for trans students?

Last month, the Department of Education issued a new interpretation of Title IX, extending protections to transgender students and rejecting the direction that had been taken by the Trump administration. LGBTQ+ students often face disproportionate bullying, harassment...

How to Find an L.G.B.T- Friendly Pediatrician

Original article written by Perri Klass for The New York Times. During adolescent years it is a time when most teens experience puberty. In addition it is also an opportunity for them to grow in their relationships, figure out their identity and explore their...


Did you know that one in three American adults, and one in six American children, are obese? Each new generation lives a more sedentary lifestyle than the last. A study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services detected a cause-and-effect relationship...

NYPL to Offer Free Book Kits to Help Keep Kids Engaged this Summer

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- At least 60,000 children and teens will be able to receive book kits from the New York Public Library (NYPL) to help stay engaged during the summer season. The kits will be available at all NYPL branch locations starting on Monday. 6 DIFFERENT...

Why a Focus on Mental Health is Essential for Students Returning to School in the Fall

Mental health professionals hope the attention leads to lasting change. As districts prepare for the fall after the first full year during the coronavirus pandemic, many are looking at ways to help best address the mental health needs of students, especially those who...

New Bill Aims to Improve Water Quality in New York Schools

A new bill aiming to improve drinking water quality in New York schools will soon be delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approval after it passed in both the state senate and assembly. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried...

Student Health Surveys Open to NYS Schools to Identify Substance Abuse Risks

NEW YORK (WWTI) — New surveys are open to school districts in the state to identify risks related to substance abuse, violence and other health topics. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey will measure the strengths and risks in students in high school, grades 9- 12. This...

6 Tips for Talking about Pride Month and LGBTQ+ Rights with Kids

Any time is a good time to talk to kids about what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ), but June is an especially important opportunity to get the conversation started. June is Pride month, which commemorates the...

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.