The Role of Other Partners in Promoting Health and Learning
Many school-based health centers partner with community-based organizations to bring additional support services—such as youth development programs—to schools. Other SBHCs work closely with local government, including with public health and mental health departments and social service agencies. Together, these other partners play an essential role in ensuring that SBHCs are meeting students’ health and mental health needs. Just as for the school and the SBHC, the roles and responsibilities of any other partners must also be clearly defined.
Responsibilities for Other Partners
Overall, other partners need to:
- develop Memoranda of Understanding/Letters of Agreement with the school and SBHC
- build relationships with school administration and staff
- be knowledgeable about and supportive of school’s mission and approach
- be knowledgeable about and respect school policies and procedures
- build relationships with SBHC coordinator and staff
- be knowledgeable about and supportive of SBHC services
- be knowledgeable about and respect SBHC policies and procedures
- participate on school’s Coordination of Services Team (COST)
- refer students and families to the SBHC
- conduct case management services in partnership with school and SBHC personnel
Of course, more specific roles and responsibilities will depend on who the partners are and what services they provide. The Letter of Agreement should outline them in greater detail.