Our 2014 policy agenda
In 2013, the Oregon State Legislature passed several bills demonstrating a commitment to improving the health and academic success of children and youth in Oregon. In 2014, we request the following next steps be taken to build on the success from last year.
Policy Request: Provide funds from additional Tobacco Master Settlement Act (TMSA) money for implementation of SB436.
SB436 encouraged coordinated care organizations to develop a plan within their currently required Community Needs Assessments to work with school health, the Youth Development and the Early Learning Councils to integrate all services for kids-physical, emotional, oral health and prevention, as well as identify improvements in SBHC systems or services. Additionally, the bill authorized the Oregon Health Authority to provide incentive grants to CCOs to help with the implementation of the plan. However, no grant funding was allocated.
Policy Request: Ensure the $4 million from HB2445 is included in the 2015-2017 Recommended Budget.
HB2445 established school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Oregon statute and appropriated an additional $4 million to strengthen existing SBHCs and provide funding to expand services. This increased investment will allow for more students and communities to be served as well as ensure continued service within existing SBHCs. The Oregon SBHC State Program Office (SPO) awarded 12 planning grants to explore and plan for SBHCs in 9 counties.
Policy Request: Secure mental health funds in the 2015-2017 Recommended Budget to expand FTE for all SBHC sites; to ensure data management support; and to fund technical assistance and training.
The Oregon Health Authority Budget for 2013-2015 included increased funding to the Addictions and Mental Health Division to support Oregon's community mental health system. A portion of this funding was allocated for children's mental health, allowing SBHCs to increase their capacity to provide mental health services. The SBHC SPO provided Mental Health Expansion Grants to 16 counties, supporting 25 new SBHC mental health staff.
Additionally, we are looking ahead to the 2015 legislative session with the intent to:
Reach full parity of the SBHC funding formula
Secure expansion funding for SBHC planning grants and new SBHCs
Secure State funding for capital grants for SBHCs
Advance the school nurse ratio funding as outlined in 2009 legislation and expand the role of school nurses to serve as school health coordinators in conjunction with CCOs
Please contact Maureen Hinman, policy director, email@example.com
, 503.719.4515, with additional questions.