Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) secured $10 million in federal funding for School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) in the Fiscal Year 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies funding bill, which passed favorably out of the House Appropriations Committee today and will soon receive a full vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Sarbanes, a longtime advocate for SBHCs and a prominent member of the House Health Subcommittee, led the effort to secure this new funding commitment.
“SBHCs deliver effective and affordable primary care, mental health care, social services and preventative care for children across the country,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “This new federal funding will help ensure that these critical health care services – provided directly to students through their schools – continue to benefit our children and improve health outcomes, especially in underserved urban and rural communities.”
“As schools across the country struggle to meet the needs of students during the current pandemic, school-based health care has never been more critical,” said Robert Boyd, President of the School-Based Health Alliance. “We hope this $10 million represents a down payment on a larger investment in the coming years. Congressman Sarbanes has been a stalwart champion for school-based health care and we are grateful to him for leading this effort.”