The Maryland Council on Advancement of School-Based Health Centers was created in legislation approved by the Maryland General Assembly in 2015. The purpose of the Council is to
improve the health and educational outcomes of students who receive services
from school-based health centers (SBHCs). The Council is responsible
for advancing the integration of SBHCs into (1) the health care system at
the state and local levels and (2) the educational system at the state and
local levels. The Council develops specified policy recommendations to improve
the health and educational outcomes of students who receive services from
the Maryland General Assembly approved legislation that
transferred the staffing responsibilities of the Council from the Maryland State Department of Education to
the Department of Health. Under the legislation, the Maryland Community Health
Resources Commission (CHRC) provides staffing support for the Council and
is permitted to seek the assistance of organizations with expertise in
school-based health care to support the work of the Council. The Council will
report specified findings and recommendations to the Department of Health, the
Department of Education and the CHRC by December 31 of each year.
In addition to staffing the Council, the CHRC has provided a number of grants to support SBHCs and school health programs. For more information, click here.
The Council is led by its Chair, Kate Connor, M.D., MSPH, and its Vice-Chair, Patryce Toye, M.D. The Gubernatorial appointees to the
Council are as follows:
Kate Connor, M.D., MSPH, Chair, representing school-based health care
Patryce Toye, M.D., Vice-Chair, representing Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care
Cathy Mary C. Allen, representing Maryland Association of
Boards of Education
Christina M. Bartz, representing Federally Qualified Health Centers
Sean Bulson, Ed.D., representing Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland
Gabriella Gold, representing commercial health insurance carriers
Diana Fertsch, M.D., representing Maryland Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics
Joan Glick, representing Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care
Jean-Marie Kelly, representing the Maryland Hospital Association
Kelly Kesler, representing parents of children served by a SBHC
Arethusa S. Kirk, M.D., representing managed care organizations
Scott Steffan, representing Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals
Rick Robb, representing a secondary school with a SBHC
Maura J. Rossman, M.D., representing the Maryland
Association of County Health Officers
Joy Twesigye, representing Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Centers
To organize its activities, the Council created three
Integration and Funding Work Group, chaired by Dr. Maura Rossman
The Priorities of the System Integration and Funding Work Group are to: (1) Understand local and national models for system integration and funding for SBHC; (2) Identify ways that SBHCs are leveraging resources and coordinating care across state and local agencies and service providers; (3) Identify the funding and service linkages between MSDE, DHMH, DHS, and other public agencies; (4) Clarify the roles and improve the coordination across and within agencies (state and local) making sure systems are aligned to make the SBHC initiative sustainable longterm; and (5) Review current SBHC RFP and application process to identify ways to improve the review and approval of SBHC.
Collection and Reporting Work Group, co-chaired by Joy Twesigye and Cathy Allen
The priorities of the Data Collection and Reporting Work Group are to: (1) Establish performance measures to present the impact of SBHCs on health and education outcomes of students; (2) Identify opportunities to link SBHC utilization data to educational outcomes; (3) Identify opportunities to better capture data for substance abuse and behavioral health services; and (4) Develop a trend analysis to understand the impact of SBHC over time by jurisdiction and population served.
Quality and Best Practices Work Group, chaired by Jean-Marie Kelly and Patryce Toye, M.D.
The priorities of the Quality and Best Practices Work Group are to: (1) Revise the SBHC standards; (2) Study SBHC sponsorship models employed in Maryland and nationally; (3) Understand current approaches to coordination of care and determine gaps in the provision of care (somatic, substance abuse and behavioral health services); and (4) Identify effective, sustainable business models – state and national best practices.