Many federal agencies including the Department of Education, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are supporting the expansion of Medicaid services in schools and the creation of safe and supportive school environments. Federal agencies support this work through several mechanisms, including providing direct funding to local and state agencies, funding research and disseminating evidence, creating guidance documents, establishing learning networks, and through other technical assistance opportunities.
Federal policies and programs can also support states and localities in building the cross-sector infrastructure needed to implement evidence-based programs and practices–including professional development and workforce solutions.
Federal Policy Resources
This case study highlights Tennessee’s work to leverage the nation’s education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to support the critical connection between health and learning. Tennessee’s inclusion of health and wellness in its ESSA plan and the guidance developed to support district-level implementation provide best practices and lessons learned for states striving to support student health and wellness through education policy and practice.
Kirsten Beronio, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Melinda Hollinshead, Public Consulting Group
This brief for school superintendents provides an overview of how school districts can leverage Medicaid to support children's educational and health outcomes.
This guidance is based on scientific literature and expert input about what is most likely to be effective in reducing risk for HIV infection and other STDs among adolescents and is intended for use by funded local education agencies and organizations.
GAO was asked to examine the extent to which Medicaid beneficiaries aged 20 and under receive health care services under the EPSDT benefit. The report offers six recommendations to CMS for improving oversight of beneficiaries’ receipt of necessary services and screenings.
This report explores how three executive branch departments-the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Treasury, and U.S. Department of Labor-currently implement a Health in All Policies approach. The report includes recommendations around increasing access to school health providers.
This toolkit provides information and resources to mobilize communities to expand school-based services for substance use prevention and early intervention.
This policy update highlights actions state education decision-makers can take to address the health-related causes of chronic absence.