Disparities in access to health care exist for students and their families across race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, language proficiency, disability status, sexual orientation and other potentially-intersecting categories. Millions of students receive school-based health services; for many of them, schools are their first and only option to receive health care. For instance, at least 70% of students who access mental health services begin doing so in a school-based setting.
This Policy Brief shows how states have enacted policies that promote school-based health centers and community schools to provide equitable access to physical and mental health services for all students.
To learn more:
- Check out state approaches to address student mental health.
- Explore our student mental health services ecosystem and funding considerations.
- Review a helpful glossary of related concepts, which includes approaches that emphasize mental health and wellness in school-based health centers.
PUBLISHED: February 24, 2023
RESOURCE TYPE: Policy Report