Schools Are Key to Improving Children’s Health
Key opportunities exist for education, healthcare and public health sectors to improve both health and education outcomes by focusing on school-based health services. This brief primarily addresses the opportunities to expand on health services delivered within a school by school nurses and other district-employed providers (school psychologists, social workers, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists). Schools are where the vast majority of students have access to care, and where the CMS clarification has the largest impact.
This brief includes:
- How states can align with CMS policy
- Lessons learned and best practices for expansion
- The impact of school-based Medicaid expansion
- Federal and state policy recommendations