School-Based Health Center Task Force
The link between physical and mental health and the success of children in school is well researched and documented. In Fall 2016, MSBA convened a School-Based Health Center Task Force comprised of school districts from across the state that represented the diversity in Missouri schools. Collectively, these school districts identified the unmet health care needs of their students and the barriers that existed that made it difficult or impossible to address those needs within their community. Mental health services and supports were the most frequently identified unmet needs in every region and size of community throughout the state.
Over the next two years, MSBA worked closely with school districts, state agencies and community health providers exploring a state-wide model that would have a variety of options of services, health providers, and funding sources to meet the unique health care needs of children and families in their local schools and communities. Through increased opportunities for new collaborative relationships between state agencies, schools and community mental and physical health providers, Missourians are building a brighter future for their children.
As a result of the work of the Task Force, the Department of Social Services has new policy allowing community behavioral/mental health providers to provide services in the school setting when a school district determines it is appropriate to do so. In addition, the policy allows for schools to provide behavioral health services to additional children, without disabilities under the IDEA, and bill for those services, as appropriate. MSBA convened a Behavioral Health Workgroup, comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders, to develop the MO Guidelines to Implementing Behavioral Health Supports in School, to help districts understand the policy and the opportunities it affords. These guidelines and related resources are accessible on this webpage.
In order to sustain the efforts of so many in creating new possibilities for school-based health centers in Missouri as a long-term solution to improving the health and mental wellbeing of children and youth, MSBA is posting the many resources originally made available to the Task Force members, for all to access.
In addition, MSBA has contributed to the creation of a Missouri affiliate to the National School-Based Health Alliance. This affiliation—Show-Me School-Based Health Alliance— will provide to Missouri schools a ready source of researched practices and technical supports to ensure effective partnerships between schools and community health providers resulting in sustainable health care services within Missouri schools.
These presentations represent the voice of four types of community physical and/or behavioral health providers with whom schools can partner to give students greater access to quality health care. Although each presenter represents a unique provider, the message is inclusive of other similar community providers across the state. These presentations will help schools to understand the core mission of these provider types and what services they can provide to schools.
Schools Partnering with Federally Qualified Health Care Centers (FQHC’s)
Schools Partnering with Hospitals
Schools Partnering with Certified Community Mental Health Centers
Schools Partnering with Private Providers
Presented by the National School-Based Health Alliance in Washington D.C
MO Guidelines for Implementing Behavioral Health Supports in Schools strongly recommends that behavioral health supports be integrated into the school’s framework or system of positive behavioral supports. The two presentations below provide to schools the how-to information for such integration. Dr. Tim Lewis talks about behavioral health as a component of the over-all school system of support for social and emotional wellbeing of children and the adults who serve them. Megan Marietta shares effective practices and materials for Developing Partnerships from the St. Louis Public Schools.
- Dr. Tim Lewis – Building Capacity to Promote Social- Emotional Wellbeing in Schools
- Video Presentation
MO HealthNet coverage is provided to the majority of families in Missouri through one of three Managed Care Organizations or MCO’s— Home State, Missouricare or United Healthcare. It is important for schools interested in providing access to quality health care through school-based health models to understand the benefits of working directly with the three managed care organizations. These MCO’s can collaborate with schools to provide outreach and prevention materials and services and to case manage individual children’s health needs to ensure the greatest access to and benefit from health services.
- Heidi Strickler and Erica Bruns, Working with MO Healthnet and Managed Care Organizations
- Video Presentation
Resources from the National School-Based Health Alliance