word-cloud showing the performance measuresIn September 2014, the School-Based Health Alliance and the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) embarked on a joint initiative to expand the number of SBHC programs and comprehensive school mental health programs (CSMHPs), improve the quality of the health services they provide, and strengthen their sustainability by crafting a set of national standardized performance measures.

The work among early-adopting SBHC programs shows tremendous promise for improving the quality of care they deliver to children.

SBHC providers and sponsoring organizations, state health departments that fund SBHC programs, state advocacy organizations, school administrators, and other advocates are working to align their priorities and voluntarily document and report data. 

We think this work has the potential to transform SBHC: standardized measures will allow health centers to compare themselves nationally and statewide, which in turn will drive quality improvements and, ultimately, the sustainability of the model. – John Schlitt, Past President

Hear from an SBHC leader about the importance of adopting standardized performance measures.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number: U45MC27804 and title: State Adolescent and Young Adult Health Capacity Building Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.