Next Meeting: January 19, 2024
Join the California School-Based Health Alliance for our Central Valley School Health Coalition meeting that aims to bring together school-based health partners from across the region!
This event is for Central Valley educators and health, mental health, and other student support practitioners, and the meeting will focus on trauma-informed mental health services at school.
Location: Camarena Health Wellness Center at Tesoro Viejo
Time: Friday, January 19, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Are you a member of the California School-Based Health Alliance?
Organizations that join as members receive valuable benefits – including discounted registration to our California School Health Conference – and a limited number of complimentary hours of technical assistance.
About the Central Valley School Health Coalition
There is growing recognition in the role health and well-being plays in the success of students. School-based health centers (SBHCs), defined as health clinics located on or near school campuses where children and youth can get immediate help for acute and chronic conditions as well as preventative care, are positioned to help create more equitable access to care for youth.
The California School-Based Health Alliance’s Student Health Index — designed to identify opportunities to expand health care in schools — revealed that Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties are among the top 10 counties with the highest ratio of high need schools to all schools.
The purpose of the Central Valley School Health Coalition is to expand and support the SBHC movement, and to facilitate greater engagement, investment, and proliferation of school health services, all of which equate to greater access for youth.
Resources from Past Meetings
A California Guide for Sharing Student Health & Education Information
This guide provides an overview of the laws that relate to sharing student/patient information (HIPAA, FERPA and California State Law), as well as best practices and resource materials for schools and health providers.
From Vision to Reality: How to Build a School Health Center From the Ground Up
Updated! This toolkit on starting a school-based health center (SBHC) is a comprehensive resource for anyone seeking to expand health services for students.
Trauma-Informed SBHC Services
Find resources and see lessons learned on how SBHCs can increase trauma-informed practices and student resilience.
How LEAs and Partners Can Braid New Funding to Support School-Based Health Centers
Released May 2022 – Our new guide shows local education agencies (LEAs) and partners how they can braid together new state funding opportunities – including the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program (SBHIP) and the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) – to support new school-based health centers (SBHCs) or expand and improve existing SBHCs.
Sustaining & Growing Behavioral Health Services at School-Based Health Centers
This guide provides SBHCs run by FQHCs in California tools to maximize the reimbursement to which they are entitled in providing critically needed mental health care to eligible students.
Public Funding for School Mental Health Programs
Updated February 2022 – There are many different ways that schools can knit together resources to address the mental health needs of students. Make public funding work for you and maximize your return on investment in mental health with the strategies presented in this toolkit.
Student Mental Health Implementation Guide
This guide is intended to support local education agencies (LEAs) and county behavioral health departments (BHDs) as they seek to partner to deliver comprehensive, high-quality school mental health services.
Third Party Billing: A Manual for California’s School Health Centers
This manual is intended to help increase billing revenue and strengthen sustainability and to aid those starting a school health center in understanding potential sources of revenue.
Schoolwide Screening Toolkit
Schoolwide or grade level screenings allow SBHCs to use their unique location on the school campus to provide education, population health, and prevention. This toolkit is designed to help SBHCs implement a schoolwide or grade-level screening.
Youth Health Worker & Learn, Meet, Practice Curricula
To strengthen the role of school-based health centers (SBHCs) in addressing the need for a diverse health workforce, we created the Youth Health Worker and Learn, Meet, Practice Curricula for SBHCs to utilize in their youth development programming. The curricula includes two sections. The first, the Youth Health Worker curriculum, focuses on empowering students to advocate for the health needs of their peers through training them in public health concepts and SBHC best practices. The second, the Learn, Meet Practice curriculum, exposes students to a variety of health careers available to them through the health professionals at their school-based health center. Download the curricula here.
SBIRT Quick Guides for SBHCs
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based approach to the screening and identification of individuals engaged in substance use, the delivery of early brief interventions in order to reduce use, and the referral to treatment for high-risk use. Use our quick guides to understand each “step” of SBIRT in school-based health centers (SBHCs).