News

2024 National School-Based Health Care Conference

June 30 – July 2

Join the School-Based Health Alliance for its annual conference, “Engaging Communities, Fostering Partnerships,” June 30-July 2, 2024, at the Westin Washington, DC Downtown Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Downtown Hotel) in Washington, D.C. In addition to the keynote speakers, this conference will feature workshops with experts on a wide range of topics.

This conference is an opportunity to connect with fellow health care professionals, education professionals, and advocates across the nation. More than 3,500 school-based health centers (SBHCs) nationwide deliver integrated, patient-centered care, screening for conditions like obesity and depression, and offering preventive services—all with a special focus on children and adolescents who experience barriers to care because of their family’s income, where they live, or systemic inequities. Conference attendees will explore the innovative ways SBHCs serve their rural, urban, and suburban schools and communities by promoting wellness and health equity.

SBHA is committed to listening to youth ideas, perspectives, and voices. This year’s conference will further integrate youth and adult attendees by providing networking opportunities, increasing focus on youth presenters, and highlighting workshops related to youth development in school-based health care. This step serves as a testament to the power of youth and their ability to shape the future of our field.

Visit National School-Based Health Alliance for more info and registration

WEBINAR: Part II: Washington State Managed Care Organizations 101: An information session for school-based health centers (SBHCs)  

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 22, 2024 (12pm – 1:30pm)  

Register Here

Session Description
Washington State Department of Health and Washington School-Based Health Alliance are partnering to host a two-part series of informational sessions with Washington State Managed Care Organizations.

In the second session, program leaders representing Coordinated Care, UnitedHealthcare, and Wellpoint of Washington will provide insights on the benefits and nuances of their individual programs, including community engagement/outreach initiatives. Drawing on their understanding and experience with SBHCs, program leaders will discuss enrollment processes, helping patients understand their benefits, protecting confidentiality and confidential services, and technical assistance/training resources. Additionally, program leaders will share contacts and resources to help with inquiries beyond the information session’s purview.

Intended Audience: SBHC providers and staff, administrators and billers, health care access navigators /assistors, funders, and partner who support or are interested in supporting SBHCs

Presenters
Meagan McDonald, MSHC
Provider Network Manager
Coordinated Care of Washington

Mandy Lee, MSN, RN, CCM
Maternal Health Program Manager
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Washington

David Escame
Director of Marketing and Community Relations
Wellpoint Washington

Preston Cody
Provider Network Director
Wellpoint Washington Inc.

Tiffany Lloyd, MA/LPC
Director Clinical Leadership
Wellpoint Washington Inc.

Amanda Mayberry-Bieber, LICSW
Director Behavioral Health Services
Wellpoint Washington Inc.

Kristie Smothers
Director of Operations
Wellpoint Washington Inc.

Medicaid School District Feedback Survey

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is conducting a survey about existing Medicaid School Based Services (SBS) programs. Their vendor, ForHealth Consulting at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, will use the survey results to inform initial recommendations to improve SBS in Washington State. The survey will ask for ideas and recommendations to improve SBS Medicaid reimbursement opportunities and reduce administrative burdens. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, respondents will be asked for their contact information (optional), if they’re interested in participating in a live feedback session, and if they are willing to be contacted individually with follow-up questions. Staff involved with the School Based Health Care Services (SBHS) program, School Medicaid Administrative Claiming (MAC) program, or contracting with Managed Care Organizations (MCO) to receive reimbursement are encouraged to provide input on the Medicaid program by completing the survey. Anyone with interest in SBS is welcome to respond to the survey, and there is no limit to the number of individuals from each district who can respond. 

We kindly ask for your help in sharing this information with folks you know that are working in relevant positions are schools/districts. The survey will remain open until April 30.

You can access the survey here: Washington State School-Based Medicaid Reimbursement Review (office.com)

Join The Children & Youth Behavioral Health Work Group

You are invited by the Washington Healthcare Authority to join the efforts of the Children & Youth Behavioral Health Work Group (CYBHWG) to enhance mental health and substance use/alcohol treatment services and supports for children, young people through age 25, and their families.

Opportunities for participation:

Children & Youth Behavioral Health Work Group (CYBHWG):
The CYBHWG is seeking one parent or caregiver and two young people between the ages of 13 and 29 who have experience with mental health or drug and alcohol-related programs or services.
Time commitment: Attend up to eight 3-4 hour CYBHWG meetings per year and one 3-hour member retreat. Most meetings are virtual (held on Zoom). All in-person meetings include a virtual option.
Term: Member terms may not exceed 3 years.

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Prenatal-25 Behavioral Health Strategic Plan Advisory Group (P-25 Strategic Plan Advisory Group):
The CYBHWG is developing a statewide strategic plan to improve the behavioral health system for all of Washington’s children, youth, young adults, and their families. Goals: Develop a long-term system-wide strategy and roadmap, engage deeply with communities and stakeholders, and drive tangible improvements.
Time commitment: Up to five 3-4 hour meetings per year and one 3-hour member retreat, plus review of draft documents and other materials as needed. Most meetings are virtual.
Term: Member terms may not exceed 2 years.
Application deadline: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Prenatal-25 SPAG Parent/Caregiver and Youth/Young Adult Subcommittees: Monthly 1-2 hour meetings to share progress and plans and get your ideas and input. Open to any parent or young person who wants to attend. Meetings begin in May.
To participate: please email cybhwg@hca.wa.gov.
Presentation to Your Group or Organization: We are happy to come to your group’s meetings or gatherings – in person or virtually – to share information about the Prenatal-25 Strategic Plan and get your ideas.

Please email cybhwg@hca.wa.gov with questions

Please share this information within your community and with people you know who might be interested. Your experience and wisdom will ensure that these services truly look and feel like help to those who seek them.We look forward to your participation in improving behavioral health services for children, youth, young adults, and their families in Washington State.
For more information or if you have questions

Funding Resource for SBHCs

DOH will soon be accepting Request for Funding Applications (RFA) for additional school-based health center (SBHC) grants.

RFA Applications Open: May 8, 2024
Application Deadline: June 7, 2024
Find more information and the application at WA Portal webpage
If you have any questions please contact AdolescentHealthUnit@doh.wa.gov

These grant awards are made possible through funding from the Washington State Legislature through SHB 1225 (2021), which aims to expand and sustain SBHCs in Washington for K-12 students in public schools with a focus on communities and populations that have been historically underserved. We expect to award:

  • 1 planning grant ($50,000) to plan for a new SBHC in a community or school where one does not currently operate
  • 6-9 operations grants ($100,000-$150,000) to sustain, improve, or expand operations at an existing SBHC

Potential applicants can begin preparing for the application now by:

  • Identifying how an SBHC project could improve a need in their community
  • Reviewing the DOH SBHC Grant Requirements
  • Collecting letters of support from partners, including:
    • School/school district administration and supporting staff
    • Community organizations or members that represent the community or population served by the SBHC