REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS
National Quality Initiative to Improve
School Health and Mental Health

Request for Applications to Participate in the National Quality Initiative
to Improve School Health and Mental Health

*Applications due Friday, May 31, 2019*

OPPORTUNITY: REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

The School-Based Health Alliance (the Alliance) and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) invite states—in collaboration with five local entities (e.g., school-based health centers, school regions, school districts, hospitals, local public health authorities, federally qualified health centers, etc.)—to apply to participate in a 12-month Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). This CoIIN will focus on making measurable improvements to students’ health and mental health (including social, emotional, behavioral health, and substance use).

INITIATIVE OVERVIEW - CoIIN

This CoIIN is part of the School Health Services National Quality Initiative (NQI) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. A CoIIN brings together multidisciplinary teams of federal, state, and local public and private leaders in partnership with recognized subject matter experts to address a specific, complex challenge. Through in-person and virtual meetings, participants in this CoIIN will: 1) access a national network of peers working to achieve similar goals, 2) receive expert technical assistance and coaching, 3) share best practices and lessons learned, and 4) track their progress toward similar benchmarks and shared goals.

Broadly, state CoIIN teams will work toward the following goals:

  • Improving the quality and sustainability of health and mental health services delivered to students in schools;
  • Expanding access to school-based health and mental health services to a greater number of children and adolescents; and
  • Working with state leadership to advance policies and programs that promote quality, sustainability, and growth of school-based health and mental health services.

 

INITIATIVE OVERVIEW - COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

The School Health Services NQI also includes a National Community of Practice (CoP) that will convene quarterly through an online communications platform to connect state agency and organization leaders. Broadly, a Community of Practice refers to a group of people who share a common concern or passion for something they do and, through regular interaction, deepen their knowledge and improve their practice and effectiveness. This CoP will help accelerate and spread innovations in quality care, best business practices, and policies that have been discovered and tested at the site level. This CoP will foster state and local partnerships, with the ultimate goal of garnering support for school health services and improving sustainability of high-quality, sustainable school health services at local, state, and national levels.

 

TWO TRACKS, TWO DELIVERY SYSTEMS

Participating states may elect to focus their quality improvement efforts on one of two delivery tracks: 1) school-based health centers or 2) comprehensive school mental health. Up to five states will be selected for each track. For more information and to access the respective application for each track, click below:

APPLICATION SUPPORT WEBINARS

In April, the School-Based Health Alliance and National Center for School Mental Health hosted application support webinars for each track. We encourage all interested parties click on the boxes below to watch these recorded webinars:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Click here to view a list of FAQs about this program.

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

All applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm ET on Friday, May 31, 2019. Faxed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. The applicant will receive an email confirmation of receipt of the application.

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