King County and Ballmer Group invest $2.4 million to fund expansion of mental health enhancements throughout school-based health centers

Crossposted from King County Executive Office


King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a new partnership with Ballmer Group to invest more than $2.4 million in expanding access to a broad range of health care, including mental health supports in school-based health centers through 2025.


As young people across the nation are facing unprecedented mental health issues, King County is expanding mental health enhancements in school-based health centers (SBHCs) through 2025 with an investment of more than $2.4 million thanks to a partnership with Ballmer Group. The centers provide a range of services from primary care to well-child exams and mental health counseling, and collaborate with schools to address any concerns or adverse experiences that affect students’ healthy development.

The programs are supported by $1.2 million from King County’s Best Starts for Kids Initiative within the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and Public Health — Seattle & King County, with an additional $1.2 million from Ballmer Group over the next three years. These investments will connect community groups and SBHCs to provide culturally responsive mental health care to reach young people, and particularly young people who don’t have access to these supports. READ MORE.