Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers Receives First for Children Award

Connecticut Association of School Based Health CentersThe Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers (CASBHC), a School-Based Health Alliance affiliate, will receive the Leadership for Children Award from Connecticut Voices for Children on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. CASBHC is being honored as an outstanding voice for Connecticut’s children for its leadership in bringing accessible health services to Connecticut schools. The award has previously been given to Senators, Congressmen, Congresswomen, and other leaders in Connecticut for their work in the community.

“Winning this award is the culmination of 20 years of passionate support for the benefits of school-based health centers in the lives of children and adolescents,” said Jesse White-Fresé, CASBHC’s Executive Director. “This award validates the commitment of the clinicians and administrative staff that care for youth in our SBHCs every day, and celebrates their belief that healthy kids make better learners.”

The recognition is certainly deserved. Connecticut has seen rapid growth in the number of school-based health centers (SBHCs) over the past 20 years. New SBHCs opened in 10 communities in 2014, and CASBHC is projecting a total of 96 SBHCs in the state for 2015. 2015 also marks CASBHC’s 20th anniversary.

Momentum continues to grow in Connecticut, as the expansion of SBHCs into new schools and communities has become a priority for a number of legislators, superintendents, principals, and parents. Connecticut’s SBHCs provide an integrated care model of co-located medical and behavioral health services. This integration has gained traction as the state focuses on effective methods for addressing the mental health needs of children. In addition, the benefits of SBHCs are becoming recognized by health care reform initiatives such as medical homes and state innovation models.

The School-Based Health Alliance congratulates CASBHC on receiving the Leadership for Children Award, and for their two decades of tireless work improving the lives of Connecticut’s kids and teens. We hope to continue our work with CASBHC for decades to come.

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  1. by Meryl Tom on November 14, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Congratulations CASBHC!

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