School Health Models

A variety of models are used to deliver school health services to students. These include health services delivered through school-employed providers, such as school nurses, school psychologists, occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTs), social workers, and counselors. In addition, health services can be delivered in school-based health centers and through partnerships with federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs), health departments, hospitals, via telehealth, mobile vans or in partnership with other community providers (including dentists, opticians, community mental health providers, etc.). 

For more information on ways to support the financing of these delivery models, see the Financing page.

Featured Resources

resources A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services
December 10, 2019

This guidance document was produced with generous support from the Association of State Territorial Health Officials, Kaiser Permanente, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

resources Expanding Michigan’s School-Based Medicaid Program
October 8, 2019

This Healthy Students Promising Futures Learning Collaborative case study highlights Michigan's work to leverage the reversal of free care policy to expand the state's school-based Medicaid program. Beginning in October 2019, school districts in Michigan will be able to seek Medicaid reimbursement for services provided to all Medicaid-enrolled students (not only for health services included in a student's Individualized Education Program). This change presents an important opportunity to expand access to and resources for school health services, particularly behavioral health services

resources Safe and Supportive Schools 101
July 17, 2019 Presentation PDF

Sandra Williamson, American Institutes for Research; Anne Mathews-Younes, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Valerie Sims Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health; Sarah Lee, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy Schools Branch

resources Exploring Alignment of Medicaid and Education Systems to Expand the Mental Health Workforce
July 17, 2019 Presentation PDF

Eric Rossen, National Association of School Psychologists; Amy Edwards, Virginia Department of Education; Mike Leathead, Michigan Department of Education

resources Understanding the Role of Random Moment Time Study in School Based Medicaid Programs
July 16, 2019 Presentation PDF

Melinda Hollinshead, Public Consulting Group

resources School-Based Telehealth: The Promise and The Reality
July 16, 2019 Presentation PDF

Amanda Martin, Center for Rural Health Innovation

resources Opportunities in Medicaid to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Care for Children and Youth
July 16, 2019 Presentation PDF

Kirsten Beronio, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

resources Expanding School-Based Health Services with Telehealth

This webinar provides an overview of school-based telehealth services and an in-depth look at how states are currently using telehealth to serve Medicaid-eligible students in schools. Speakers explore how states can maximize reimbursement opportunities for Medicaid-covered services in schools.