New Funding Available for Services to Uninsured Kids

Maureen Hinman

Jul 5, 2016

Updated 7/13/16: NEW Deadline for both RFGPs is August 5, 2016 and the archived webinars are available here. In 2015 the Oregon Latino Health Coalition led the Oregon Health Equity Alliance, including OSBHA, to advocate for funding for kids that remain uninsured despite healthcare reform. This work resulted in a $10 million allocation to the Safety Net Capacity Grant Program within the...

Youth Advisory Council Makes Recommendations for SBHC Care

Pam Case

Apr 21, 2016

In December 2015, the Oregon School Based Health Alliance Statewide Youth Advisory Council (SYAC) partnered with FamilyCare CCO and the Oregon Public Health Division to facilitate a youth listening session in the Portland Metro area. Over 50 youth were in attendance. Below are key findings from the session and recommendations to SBHCs based on what the SYAC heard. Overwhelmingly, youth...

Encourage Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Hallways to Health Act (S. 2590/H.R. 4621)

Pam Case

Apr 5, 2016

On Friday, February 26, Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) introduced the Hallways to Health Act (S.2590/H.R. 4621), legislation that would provide federal support for high-quality comprehensive health care and mental health services to students at school-based health centers (SBHCs) across the country.  The Hallways to Health Act would: increase...

Oregonian Highlights Important Discussion about School Involvement in Teen Healthcare

Pam Case

Mar 31, 2016

In her article "Teens face birth control barriers at school-based health center" posted on March 30, 2016,  Oregonian columnist Samantha Swindler brings attention to the important community discussion that is being played out in Hillsboro, Oregon at Century High School concerning a school's involvement in teen health. The Hillsboro community is...

Addressing Chronic Absenteeism -- Trauma-Informed School Pilots (HB 4002)

Maureen Hinman

Mar 14, 2016

HB 4031, The Coordinated Student Success Act, was combined with another absenteeism bill and became HB 4002. Here's a little bit about how we got here and what this new bill entails. Beginning in 2011-2012, OSBHA chaired the Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition, a statewide partnership of organizations and individuals working collectively to promote policies and programs that would...

Youth Advocates were Super Heroes of Health at OSBHA Awareness Day 2016

Pam Case

Feb 25, 2016

Youth Advocates from all over Oregon showed up in Salem on February 9th to take part in the OSBHA Awareness Day, an annual event planned and led by the OSBHA Statewide Youth Action Council. The SYAC is a group of youth leaders who work to advocate on behalf of their peers for adolescent health. Led by Program Manager Suzanne Flory, the SYAC members worked many months to...

Support Reducing Absenteeism in Schools by Contacting Your Legislator Today

Maureen Hinman

Feb 17, 2016

We are thrilled that HB 4031 "The Coordinated Student Success Act" has unanimously passed out of the House Education Committee, but we still have work to do! Right now, our bill is sitting in Ways and Means where legislators decide which bills get funded. Legislators are more likely to act on our bill if they get enough requests to do so. We want their mailboxes to be full and...

Reducing Absenteeism with HB 4031 "The Coordinated Student Success Act"

Maureen Hinman

Feb 1, 2016

The 2016 legislative session began today and is already cruising right along. For bills to move forward in this short five week session, they must be heard in the first chamber by February 11th, so there is a rush to schedule hearings and get bills on dockets. This session, OSBHA has developed House Bill 4031, "The Coordinated Student Success Act," a bill intended to focus on...

Grant Opportunity for Effective Trauma-Focused Treatment and Services

Maureen Hinman

Jan 28, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) – Category III, Community Treatment and Services (CTS) centers grants.  The purpose of this program is to provide and increase access to effective trauma-...