The Washington School-Based Health Alliance, in partnership with the Washington Association for Community Health and the Community Health Network of Washington, would like to ask partner organizations (e.g. healthcare agencies, school districts, youth-serving and other community-based organizations, healthcare- or education-related associations, and others invested in student health!) to sign on to a letter in support of increased state operational funding for school-based health centers (SBHCs). You can see the full sign-on letter here. If your organization is able to sign on, please respond here by Thursday, January 25 latest. Thank you!
In the 2024 session, we are asking the legislature to provide an increase of $3.47 million annually in ongoing funding to expand the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Program at the Department of Health with the goal of supporting access to health care in K-12 settings. This strategy is supported in the 2024 recommendations of the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Work Group, is on the 2024 platform of the Prevention Alliance, and is a 2024 support priority of the Health Coalition for Children & Youth.