Maryland Locks in Financial Security for School-Based Health Centers

Making the Grade: State/Local Partnerships for School-Based Health Centers

From 1994 to 2001, the State of Maryland Executive Department, Office for Children, Youth and Families (now called the Governor's Office for Children) further developed school-based health centers in the state, established new centers, developed the state's infrastructure to support the centers, and created a statewide organization of school-based health centers.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Making the Grade: State and Local Partnerships to Establish School-Based Health Centers national program.

Key Results:

  • The Maryland School-Based Health Care Initiative created four model school-based health centers in Montgomery and Talbot counties.
  • The number of school-based health centers in Maryland grew from 14 in 1993 to 61 in 2001.
  • Guidelines developed by the state have helped standardize the scope of services offered by the centers.
  • The Maryland School-Based Health Care Initiative secured ongoing support from general state funds to support school-based health centers.
  • The project team helped form the Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care, which has become a mechanism for information dissemination, technical assistance and support for school-based health centers.

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