Five Michigan Health Centers Among Recipients of New Child & Adolescent Health Center State Funding
Monday, December 8, 2014
The Michigan Departments of Education (MDE) and Community Health (MDCH) recently announced the recipients of fiscal year 2015 state funding to establish new School-based and School-linked Health Center clinical sites through the Michigan Child and Adolescent Health Center (CAHC) program. The program is jointly funded by MDE and MDCH.
Among the 17 awardees are five Michigan Health Centers: Cassopolis Family Clinic, Cherry Health (formerly Cherry Street Health Services), Hackley Community Care Center, Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network, and Thunder Bay Community Health Services.
With this new funding, there are now 100 state-funded School-based and School-linked Health Centers in Michigan—82 clinical sites, 14 school wellness program sites, and 4 behavioral health services sites.
School-based Health Centers are primary care centers that are located on school property. School-linked Health Centers are primary care centers that have strong ties to surrounding schools or school districts but are not located on school property.
By offering comprehensive primary and preventive care where kids are—at school—School-based and School-linked Health Centers increase access to care for children and adolescents. Their services focus on prevention and the early identification and treatment of medical and behavioral concerns. helps keep kids healthy and ready to learn, reduces school absenteeism as well as reliance on the emergency room for care, and allows parents to stay at work while ensuring their child’s health care needs are being met.