Federal Policy Update -- May 9, 2011
On May 4th, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1214 (294 for, 191 against). However, H.R. 1214 will not become law unless the Senate passes this bill, and it is signed by the President. NASBHC and SBHC advocates nation wide are working to make sure that never happens.
Please read NASBHC’s press statement here.
April 25, 2011
The President’s FY2012 Education Budget consolidates several programs into a new Successful, Safe, and Healthy Student (SSHS) program:
- $365M in 2011 and 2012 – not a cut
- Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities is the biggest piece ($191.3M)
- Along with funding existing programs, new SSHS would award competitive grants to state education agencies and high-need local education agencies to (among other things) support physical and mental well-being of students. Grantees would be required to develop/adopt/implement school climate measurement system.
- $80M amount reserved for national activities, including: (1) 8 awards to states ($5.6M each; $45M total) for a new Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative. Comprehensive projects to promote health (including mental health). (2) $8.3M in grants for preparation and response to crisis events; $5M for response to violence-related events
Other consolidation: CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health being placed in Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Grant Program Intended to provide integrated services to prevent chronic diseases and promote health instead of looking disease-by-disease.
- The President’s proposed FY2012 budget for CDC consolidates eight separate budget lines (i.e., Heart Disease and Stroke; Diabetes; Cancer; Arthritis and Other Conditions; Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity; Health Promotion; Prevention Centers; and non-HIV/AIDS-related School Health Activities) into a single comprehensive grant program.
- Could this reorganization leave state and local education agencies out of the loop? NASBHC is part of the Student Health Advocacy Coalition, which has some partners who are very concerned about this. Thje consolidation has support of Sen. Tom Harkin and CDC Director Frieden. Important question is whether education agencies will still have a seat at the table. If so, probably beneficial for SBHCs, since funding that’s disease-focused may be harder to direct to SBHCs, whereas a focus on chronic disease broadly – including health promotion and prevention – is at the heart of what we do.
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Federal Policy Update- - January 7, 2011
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Federal Funding Alert--August 4, 2010
Update on Emergency Appropriations (construction and equipment) funding:
Major Change to HRSA Grant--New guidance in September!
HRSA has postponed the FY 2010 School Based Health Center Equipment (HRSA-10-276) equipment funding opportunity. According to HRSA, this cancellation is in response to the high volume of questions they received from the SBHC field concerning the application criteria, the cap for multi-site school-based health centers, and the limited application development time.
Read more on our "Action Alert' page, or visit www.nasbhc.org/federalgrants.
Update on Operations Funding:
On Tuesday, the Senate Labor HHS Appropriations Committee marked up their appropriations bill and did NOT include funding for operations for SBHCs under our newly authorized program. We had asked for $50 million to fund the operations of SBHCs. This in not all bad news. We have heard that there is language in the bill related to the $1 billion Community Health Center (CHC) appropriations which directs HRSA to prioritize applications of FQHCs that include SBHCs partnerships and that HRSA will issue guidance to help FQHCs establish partnerships with SBHCs if they do not already have them. This is a good opportunity for you to establish and/or capitalize on your partnerships with FQHCs. We do think it is critical for us to get our authorization funded before it sunsets (in a few years), and NASBHC is working to try to get it into the agency budget request for 2012.
Senators Wyden and Merkley take action to support SBHC operations.
Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley both signed a letter to the chairs of a sub-committee of the Senate Appropriations Committee to fund SBHC operations through the newly formed federal authorization program. Read the letter here.
National SBHC Advocacy Day
More than 300 SBHC advocates and youth joined NASBHC in Washington D.C. to advance federal SBHC policies in health care and education reform on June 17, 2010.
A rally kicked-off the morning, where we had the honor of hosting our Congressional champions -- Senator Jeff Merkley and Representatives Lois Capps, John Dingell, Chris Murphy, and John Sarbanes -- who revved us up for a great day of Hill visits. Participants spent the remainder of the morning and afternoon visiting their state’s members of Congress -- at least 125 meetings were held!