NASBHCNational Assembly on School-Based Health Care
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In 2007-2008, the NASBHC (2009) surveyed 1,909 clinics connected with schools.
Data revealed that adolescents are 10 to 21 times more likely to receive mental health services at the school-based health clinic than at a health maintenance organization (HMO), depressed and suicide-prone students were more willing to go to the school-based health clinic for counseling, and students who received mental health services had an 85% decline in school discipline problems (Allison et al., 2007; Juszczak, Melinkovich, & Kaplan; 2003; NASBHC, 2009).
Over 40 percent of the SBHCs that responded to NASBHC's survey (538 of the 1,224) reported receiving funds from at least one federal grant source.
Additionally, NASBHC is developing a school mental health capacity building curriculum that addresses statewide planning, school mental health fundamentals, quality improvement, and marketing school mental health to educators.
For information about NASBHC's mental health activities or to access these resources, go to or contact Laura Hurwitz at
The NASBHC's evaluation framework was developed in 2003 to meet the demand for an assessment of the growing number of SBHCs.
The National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) convened a meeting of 23 stakeholders representing a national cross-section of experts in the fields of health and education on April 30, 2004.
Determining a Policy Agenda to Sustain School-Based Health Centers: NASBHC Assesses the Health Care Safety Net Environment.
Kellogg Foundation, which has funded school-based health initiatives nationwide, also has become an invaluable partner in support of the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC).
Additional comments from a plan perspective were offered by officials from two Los Angeles-based health plans as well as Karen Hacker, MD, president, National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC).
Acronyms or titles used for suggested leadership of specific strategies: AAP - American Academy of Pediatrics; ASHA - American School Health Association; Center - National Center for School Health Nursing at the American Nurses Association; Coalition - National Nursing Coalition for School Health; NAPNAP - National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners; NASN - National Association of School Nurses; NASBHC - National Assembly of School Based Health Centers; NASSNC - National Association of State School Nurse Consultants; NEA - National Education Association; and OSH - Office of School Health at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.