The Senate Appropriations Committee has released all FY23 Appropriations bills on July 28, 2022. The Committee included $55M for SBHCs within the Section 330 Health Centers Program (FQHC sponsored SBHCs), $50M for all other SBHC sponsor types, and $2.5 million for TA and training activities within that Health Center SBHC program funding.
See the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Subcommittee explanatory statement, page 51:
School-Based Health Centers [SBHCs] and Health Center School-Based Service Sites.—Recognizing the critical role of Health Centers as part of our Nation’s healthcare safety net, and that Health Centers providing services at sites located at schools within the communities they serve are currently one of the most effective sources of mental healthcare for children and adolescents, the Committee includes $55,000,000, an increase of $20,000,000 above the fiscal year 2022 enacted level, for awards to Health Centers operating school-based service sites to increase their capacity to meet the increasing demand for health services, including mental health services. The Committee also includes $50,000,000 to make grants to fund the School-Based Health Center Program and expand services at SBHCs pursuant to 42 USC 280h-5. SBHCs provide a convenient access point to high-quality, comprehensive primary healthcare, mental health services, preventive care, social services, and youth development to primarily children and adolescents from low-income families. Technical Assistance.—The Committee provides no less than $2,500,000 within the amount provided for health centers to enhance technical assistance and training activities, further quality improvement initiatives, and continue the development of and support for health center-controlled networks so that new and existing centers can improve patient access to quality health services.
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