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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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My Health Story – John Jenkins III

John Jenkins III Saginaw The question was presented to me the other day as to exactly how the Saginaw High School-Based Health Center has helped me.  This was my answer.  The health center has helped me in multiple ways such as first my primary medical needs (headaches, sore throat…) but believe it or not, that’s not the only way that they have helped me. They are all wonderful people starting from the second you walk through the door and see the lovely Ms. Kenya. She greets you with a smiling face and a witty banter. Then you see the lovely Ms. Kandra...
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My Health Story – Jamaica Simmons

Jamaica Simmons Saginaw I joined the Teen Advisory Council (TAC) my freshman year in high school. The TAC’s main goal is to encourage student involvement in the community, promote academic excellence, and keep students aware of health-related issues that affect our community. One essential reason I joined the TAC is because I have a passion for giving back to others and to my community. When I became a member of the TAC I joined the Philanthropy Committee. While a part of this committee, I had various opportunities to serve the community including: food drives for Thanksgiving, water dries for the...
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My Health Story – Aiden

Aiden Durand School Wellness Program Aiden was referred by the middle school counselor to the School Wellness Program due to anxiety surrounding eating at school  Aiden’s mother explained to the Mental Health Counselor that at the age of 6 Aiden had a traumatic experience choking on a piece of hard candy that completely cut off his airway.  His mother, using the Hiemlich procedure was able to clear his airway.  It had been life threatening for Aiden.  The trauma soon led to Aiden becoming reluctant to swallow and then developed into a significant eating problem.  Aiden who was slight in build...
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