Students Speak Out


According to the national census on school-based health centers taken by the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care for 2007-2008, SBHCs have grown from a handful of projects in the early seventies to now serving more than two million students per year in almost 2,000 centers in all but five states.1

SBHCs have won the endorsement of many communities, numerous professional organizations and bipartisan policymakers. They have proven their abilities to reduce barriers to preventive care and primary, mental health, and oral health care among historically underserved populations. SBHCs are increasingly recognized in anecdotal and peer-reviewed research for providing a cost effective means of reducing children’s unmet needs for care.

Resources for School-Wide Program Development


A Proven Approach for the Delivery of Mental Health Services

School-based health centers (SBHC) provide a proven approach for the delivery of mental health services for young people and offer a front-line strategy to identify and address students’ mental health needs. Because of their trusted relationships, SBHC staff along with teachers and other school personnel, are often the first to notice signs that a student is having trouble. SBHCs provide on-site treatment and daily support, making mental health services accessible, proactive and effective.

As a primary resource to address not only the mental health needs of children and adolescents, but their unmet physical issues as well, we support funding for the continued operation of SBHCs as legislated in the Affordable Care Act.

Throughout our site you will find compelling reasons why SBHCs should be supported, including an issue brief prepared by the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers on the provision of mental health services to an underserved population, African-American and Latino males.

School-Based Health Centers, Health and Educational Success

High School Graduation Rates

Learn more about the demographics and graduation rates of your local school districts. Compare your community’s rates of high school completion to neighboring districts and state or national averages. Find out about your district using the free tool from Education Week.

Measures of Well-Being

The Kids Count Data Center provides free access to data on hundreds of economic, demographic, education, health, safety and family measures of childhood well-being, (e.g. poverty, abuse and neglect, and school enrollment). State data can be viewed one at a time, or compared across states by indicator. View the national and state data on children, provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Key Issues

Preventing School Dropout

Download Issue Brief: The Dropout Crisis: A Public Health Problem and the Role of School-Based Health Care

Health and Well-Being in Schools

Download Issue Brief: The Health, Well-Being and Educational Success of School-Age Youth and School-based Health Care

School Climate

Download Issue Brief: School Climate, Student Success and the Role of School-Based Health Care

Hunger and Obesity

Download Issue Brief: Understanding Hunger and Obesity and the Role for School-Based Health Care

School Violence

Download Issue Brief: The Vital Role of School-Based Health Centers in Creating a Violence-Free School Environment


  1. NASBHC. National shool-based health care data. National data from school year 2007-08 census. Accessed April 2011
* From Risk to Resilience: Promoting School–Health Partnerships for Children, by Jeanita W. Richardson, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, appears by permission of the publisher