Maryland Council on Advancement of School–Based Health Centers

​​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. Click here​ for the 2016 Annual Report issued by the Council.​​

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 (4 vacancies):

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

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

Uma S. Ahluwalia representing school-based health care centers

John B. Gaddis, M.D. representing the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland

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

Sharon Lynn Morgan representing elementary school principals of schools with a school-based health center

Jean-Marie Kelly representing the Maryland Hospital Association

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

Arethusa S. Kirk representing managed care organizations

Jennifer Dahl representing commercial health insurance carriers

 

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

Systems Integration and Funding Work Group, chaired by Uma S. Ahluwalia

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) Study SBHC sponsorship models employed in Maryland and nationally; (2) Understand current approaches to coordination of care and determine gaps in the provision of care (somatic, substance abuse and behavioral health services); and (3) Identify effective, sustainable business models – state and national best practices​.

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

Upcoming Meetings
November 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM - Full Council -, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)


For information about the Council, contact Mark Luckner (Mark.luckner@maryland.gov), 410-260-6290 


Past Meetings - Full Council

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

October 23, 2017

October 13, 2017

August 14, 2017

July 31, 2017

June 28, 2017​


Systems Integration and Funding Work Group
 
October 3, 2017​
 
August 14, 2017​

June 26, 2017

 

Quality and Best Practices Work Group

October 27, 2017