Cross-sector Partnerships

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Supporting greater integration across the silos that address student health and well-being requires states and localities to convene diverse stakeholders around a single table. Getting horizontal buy-in across sectors, as well as vertical buy-in at the local, regional and state levels, is critical to sustained progress. To be most effective, these multi-disciplinary partnerships must develop shared visions and policy goals and establish new communication channels or state-level infrastructure to support collaboration–such as children’s issues cabinets, working groups, or cross-agency staff positions. Public health agencies can be valuable partners in these cross-agency efforts, bringing expertise in assessing student health needs and in convening multi-disciplinary teams. 

Featured Resources

resources Building Cross-Sector Collaboration to Support School Behavioral Health Services: Washington’s Children’s Regional Behavioral Health Pilot Program

This case study provides an overview of the Children’s Regional Behavioral Health pilot project and highlights key lessons learned from this work. As states consider innovative methods for improving cross-sector collaboration, coordination of care and financing for school health services (especially behavioral health services), Washington’s model and experience provide valuable insights that can inform future efforts.

resources A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services

This comprehensive guide provides background on school-based Medicaid and outlines various opportunities to advance state policy changes required to access federal funds. It is designed for anyone working to expand access to school health services, including state and local education agency staff, state Medicaid agencies, school health providers, public health professionals and children’s health advocates.

resources Partner Build Grow: An Action Guide for Sustaining Child Development and Prevention Approaches

Partner Build Grow, the Action Guide, provides school and community leaders with tools to develop and sustain school-connected initiatives that promote students’ physical and mental health, social-emotional development, and educational success.

resources Understanding Medicaid Managed Care in the School Based Services Environment

This presentation dives deep on Medicaid managed care.

resources Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit for School Health Centers

This toolkit supports Illinois school health centers with the transition to Medicaid managed care. The toolkit includes background information and a cataloged list of definitions, contacts, ideas, and resource links.

resources Schools Are Key to Improving Children’s Health: How Illinois Can Leverage Medicaid Funds to Expand School Health Services

Key opportunities exist for education, healthcare and public health sectors to improve both health and education outcomes by focusing on school-based health services. This brief addresses the opportunity in Illinois to expand on Medicaid-funded health services delivered within a school by school nurses and other district-employed providers.

resources A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services

"A Guide to Expanding Medicaid-Funded School Health Services" provides background on school-based Medicaid and outlines various opportunities to advance state policy changes required to access federal funds.

The Guide covers best practices for bringing state Medicaid plans into alignment with federal policy; designing the administrative processes; and tackling other obstacles to improving student access to care. It also addresses building a sustainable funding structure and offers concrete lessons for collaboration among agencies.