eNews – August 2013

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SBHCs Grow in CA | Back-to-School Tools | Conference RFP | Take Action | Mental Health Advocacy | Apply for Our Training | Central Valley Coalition | Jobs | Join Our Board

California SBHCs See Big Growth in 2013

Students celebrate the opening of LAUSD’s Washington Prep Wellness Center. Photo by The L.A. Trust.

Students celebrate the opening of LAUSD’s Washington Prep Wellness Center. Photo by The L.A. Trust.

School-based health centers (SBHCs) are on the rise in California! There are now 226 SBHCs providing high-quality health care to 228,000 students in our public elementary, middle, and high schools — with more in the works.

This marks a 13% increase over the 200 SBHCs in 2012, and double the number a decade ago. Of the 226 SBHCs, 130 offer mental health care, 42 offer dental treatment, and 60 offer youth engagement programs that keep kids connected to school and thinking about their future. Read our press release.

Back-to-School Homework: Connect Families to Coverage

The Children's Partnership

The Children’s Partnership

Our state is taking the lead on national health care reform with the launch of Covered California this fall.

School-based health centers are playing a critical role informing families about the new health coverage options that will soon be available. Download our back-to-school materials and share them with families at your school or clinic. Stay tuned for updates on outreach!

Submit a Workshop Proposal for Our 2014 Conference

Save the date for Advancing School Health in a Time of Reform — our statewide conference March 6-7 in Oakland. Do you have an idea for a workshop that will help build practitioner skills, connect educators and care providers, or advance school-based health centers in California? Are there best practices from a program or research that could benefit the field? Please download the conference workshop and poster presentation application forms and share with your networks. The deadline for both proposals is October 15. Contact Samantha Blackburn with questions.

Join Us in Urging Federal Support for SBHC Operations

California Rep. Lois Capps recently introduced H.R. 2632, the School-Based Health Centers Act, which proposes federal support for SBHC operations. Thank you for your leadership, Rep. Capps! This legislation is critical to sustain services at the growing number of SBHCs. Join us and the national School-Based Health Alliance in asking your representative to co-sponsor H.R. 2632, and sign on to our Twitter and Facebook campaign.

Youth Urge School Mental Health Support

CSHC's Youth Board in Sacramento

CSHC’s Youth Board in Sacramento.

Lisa White, our new Senior Policy Analyst, joined the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and more than 100 youth at our state Capitol August 7-8 to advocate for policies and practices — including mental health services — that support boys and men of color.Watch this webinar hosted by Policy Link and featuring CSHC Project Director Juan Taizan and new Youth Board member Peter Lê to see how SBHCs are supporting this population.

The following week, we were back in Sacramento with our new Youth Board members (meet them here!) to urge legislators to support AB 174, our bill co-sponsored with the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network that would create a grant program to fund school-based mental health services for Alameda County students impacted by trauma. AB 174 passed out of the Senate Health Committee on July 3 and is now in Appropriations. Your organization can sign a letter in support of AB 174.

Apply for Our Leadership Initiative for SBHCs

Join our leadership initiative to help you strengthen your SBHC’s systems, operations, and performance so it is better positioned to respond to changes in the health care field.

Space in this collaborative learning opportunity is limited to two staff from six SBHCs. Download our application and apply by September 30. All travel costs are covered by CSHC. Please forward the application to your networks!

In the Central Valley? Join Our Coalition on September 13

Do you work with an SBHC in the Central Valley? Are you trying to start an SBHC in the region? Do you see children struggling with health problems at school? Join CSHC in Fresno on Friday, September 13, from 10am-Noon to network, share resources, and explore solutions to common challenges facing the region’s school kids. See a detailed agenda and register onlineContact Salina Mendoza with questions.

Job Opportunity: School Mental Health Project Director

We are seeking a Project Director for School Mental Health to lead our work to ensure that California students, particularly those in communities impacted by violence and trauma, have access to mental health care they need to succeed in school and in life. Download the job description and share it with your networks. See additional job and volunteer opportunities on our Jobs Page.

CSHC Accepting Board Nominations Through September 6

Do you have a passion for school health centers and knowledge of school mental health programs? Would you like to help shape CSHC’s current and future impact? We are currently accepting nominations for our board of directors.See position description for additional information about our board.

If you are interested in being considered, please submit your resume and a brief introduction explaining why you would be interested to kandersen@schoolhealthcenters.org. For more information email or call Kristin at 510-268-1160.