Maryland Council on Advancement of School–Based Health Centers

​​The Maryland Council on Advancement of School-Based Health Centers​ has issued its annual report for calendar year 2018. Key activities of the Council in 2018 included: 
  • working with MSDE to revise the annual SBHC report submitted to the state; 
  • providing technical assistance to SBHCs around billing third-party payors; and 
  • providing recommendations to MSDE to update the SBHC standards.

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 SBHCs.

In 2017, 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 2017, the Council elected its Chair, Kate Connor, M.D., MSPH and Vice Chair, Barbara Masiulis, MS, CRNP. The Gubenatorial appointees to the Council are as follows (3 current vacancies):

Patrice Toye, M.D.,​ representing Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care

Barbara Masiulis, MS, CRNP, representing school-based health center nursing

Kate Connor M.D., MSPH representing school-based health care centers

Cathy Mary C. Allen representing Maryland Association of Boards of Education

Jean-Marie Kelly representing the Maryland Hospital Association

Maura J. Rossman, M.D. representing the Maryland Association of County Health Officers

Karen Williams representing federally qualified health centers

Arethusa S. Kirk representing managed care organizations

Jennifer Dahl representing commercial health insurance carriers

Diana Fertsch, M.D. representing pediatricians

Kelly Kessler representing parents of children served by a SBHC

The council is surrently seeking reporesentatives for 

1. Secondary School Principal with a SBHC

2. Elementary School Principal with a SBHC

3. Superintendant


To organize its activities, the Council created three work groups:

Systems 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.

Data Collection and Reporting Work Group, chaired by Barbara Masiulis

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​.​​

​Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Meeting Minutes of Council and its Work Groups

Upcoming Meetings

The next meetibng of the full Council is on October 7th at 9:30A-12:30P at the Howard County Health Department., 8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia, MD 21045

For information about the Council, contact Mark Luckner (, 410-260-6290 

Past Meetings - Full Council

March 4, 2019

November 19, 2018

October 1, 2018

April 16, 2018 

February 5, 2018

November 20, 2017

September 11, 2017

April 24, 2017

December 9, 2016

November 1, 2016

September 30, 2016

August 23, 2016

Past Meetings - Work Groups

Data Collection and Reporting Work Group

April 26, 2019

February 21, 2019

August 14, 2018

April 3, 2018

December 21, 2017​

October 23, 2017

October 13, 2017

August 14, 2017

July 31, 2017

June 28, 2017​

Systems Integration and Funding Work Group

May 6, 2019

April 1, 2019

February 21, 2019

September 7, 2018

May 14, 2018

April 2, 2018

January 26, 2018

October 3, 2017​

August 14, 2017​

June 26, 2017


Quality and Best Practices Work Group

April 29, 2019

March 25, 2019

February 11, 2019

January 25, 2018​

October 27, 2017