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.

Events 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

Events 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

Events 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

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

Melinda Hollinshead, Public Consulting Group

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

Amanda Martin, Center for Rural Health Innovation

Resources Medicaid in Schools

This issue brief describes coverage of school-based services under Medicaid and how states pay for them.

Resources Oral Health: A model for community partnerships

This presentation provides an overview of the impact of oral health on students' attendance and performance and the school oral health learning community.

Resources Digging Deep: Telehealth

This presentation provides an overview of South Carolina's state-supported telehealth efforts.