School Medicaid & Sustaining School-Based Mental Health Services to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

May 30, 2024

Student health needs are a leading cause of chronic absenteeism. Research shows that increasing access to school health services and providers can promote regular attendance for students and help to mitigate their risk for adverse outcomes in health, education and lifetime well-being. This is especially important given the alarming rise in mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression among youth.

As schools face declining resources for mental health services, expanding school Medicaid is a critical step for states to take in sustaining and increasing school health investments. By covering a broad and comprehensive range of services and school health providers in their school Medicaid program, states can better support school district efforts to address the health-related drivers of chronic absenteeism.

Download this fact sheet to learn more about opportunities to leverage sustainable funding for school health services through comprehensive expansion of the school Medicaid program.