The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with its focus on equity and the whole child, has provided key new opportunities for states to build education policy and practices that honor student health and wellness.
State Education Policy that Supports Student Health and Wellness
This document describes key sections of the law with the highest potential to impact student health, outlines current state efforts, highlights best practices and provides recommendations for advancing this work at the state and local level.
School Health and Chronic Absence Diagnostic Tool
This tool is intended to help school districts identify and address the health-related causes of chronic absenteeism. This version was developed for use in California but includes information that can be used by districts in other states and can serve as a template for states to create a similar tool for districts in their state.
In December 2014, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) clarified the way that Medicaid would reimburse for health services delivered in schools. School districts, once restricted to reimbursement for services delivered to students enrolled in Medicaid under very specific conditions, were now permitted to cover all eligible services delivered to all Medicaid-enrolled students. Put simply, this meant more health care funding for the most disadvantaged students. For many states, taking advantage of this opportunity meant changing their state Medicaid plan. Healthy Schools Campaign has programming and resources for states to increase access to school health services.
Healthy Students, Promising Futures Website
The Healthy Students, Promising Futures (HSPF) Learning Collaborative brings together state teams committed to increasing access to Medicaid services in schools and promoting safe and supportive school environments. The website features profiles of the state teams and resources.
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 addresses the opportunities to expand on health services delivered within a school by school nurses and other district-employed providers.
A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services
This guide is designed to support everyone working to expand access to school health services that are paid through Medicaid, including state and local education agency staff, state Medicaid agencies, school health providers, public health professionals and advocates. All of these stakeholders share a common goal: improve student health and educational outcomes.