SCHA-MI Honors Legacy Heroes

      Legacy Hero Award Winners These heroes have been with us for a long time, and we couldn’t have made the strides in child healthcare without them beside us. State Partners                 James Haveman Nick Lyon Janet Olszewski Kathy Stiffler Carrie Tarry Nancy Vriebel Education Partners Walker Beverly Pat Nicols Nino Rodriquez Kathleen Strauss Roberta Stanley Legislative Partners James Blanchard John Dingell Pan Godchaux Goeff Hansen Peter MacGregor Mickey Mortimer Mike Pumford Debbie Stabenow Joe Schwarz Fred Upton Raj Weiner Gretchen Whitmer Health Center and Community Kathleen Conway Stephanie Painter Doug Paterson Bob Sheehan Kim Sibilsky Gail Warden Terri...
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Nominate Your Colleagues for these Awards!

Every year, we take time to honor members of our school-based community who have been outstanding advocates and contributors. We are looking to you to nominate your colleagues in these key areas: Apple Award – The “Apple Award” is a great way to recognize a community member, advisory board representative, parent, educational partner, or funder who has expressed enduring support for school-based and school-linked health centers in your community or in Michigan. Make a Nomination Marilynn Keeslar Award – The Marilynn Keeslar Award, was created to recognize an individual who encompasses the traits of Marilynn Keeslar. This is a great way to recognize a staff...
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Michigan Legislature funds $30 million for School Health Services

Michigan Legislature takes summer recess, funding details to be decided in next few months.  The Michigan Legislature went on recess this week after designating 30 million for mental health services in a line item – School Mental Health and Support Services within the K12 budget. These funds have not been allocated to specific service, but rather appropriated as a whole. Language in the bill states that money from this line item must be appropriated.  This will require a supplemental bill to be passed by the end of summer. This is great news for our school-based health centers! This was made possible due to...
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Congressman Upton introduces legislation to reauthorize funding for SBHCs

Representatives John Faso (R-NY), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Fred Upton (R-MI) and John Sarbanes (D-MD) today introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) program. The legislation, H.R. 5899, will reauthorize the School-Based Health Centers program through 2023. The program’s statutory authorization expired in 2014. SBHCs primarily operate in underserved communities and play a crucial role in the provision of primary care services to school children, which also includes dental screenings and mental health services. SBHCs have become increasingly important as opioid abuse has become more common amongst students who have visited a doctor for an injury or had surgeries....
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Students Take Charge for Mental Health Awareness Month

Last week, over 190 students and health center advocates traveled to Lansing for SCHA-MI’s Youth Advocacy Day. The timing could not have been more perfect, as May recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month across the nation. We spoke with dozens of legislators about the importance of mental health as a key component in making schools safe. Every Legislator that we visited, regardless of their political party, location, or demographic, seemed to take our message to heart and recognized the importance of mental health as a vital part of school safety. Before Advocacy Day, we asked students a to tell us what...
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What’s in the Federal Budget for health?

Increase for Title V MCH Block Grant in FY18 Omnibus Appropriations The omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress March 23 to fund the government through the remainder of FY2018 includes a $10 million increase for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant over the FY17 level. The bill text can be found here (details regarding Maternal and Child Health on page 919). The report language can be found here (details on Maternal and Child Health begin on page 8 with spending tables on page 96). Here’s a quick summary of notable features of the appropriations package compiled...
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My Health Story – Skylar Clark

Skylar Clark Pontiac High School-Based Health Center Why school-based health care is important to me? School-based health care is important to me because, if I can’t get to the doctor or something health-wise while I’m in school, they will always be there. And another reason why school-based health care is important, that are always there to help you and give you good information about health. School-based health care has helped me in many ways by being a good student and also, by being healthy to my everyday life. My center has helped me in my confidence in so many ways....
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