School-Centered Mental Health Reform
More than 60% of California’s children in public schools rely on Medi-Cal for their healthcare needs—physical, mental, and social and emotional. This number is increasing with the widening income gap caused by COVID-19.
Schools must be at the heart of our efforts to connect with and heal children and youth, including scaling solutions that address the youth mental health crisis.
And yet California is among the worst in the nation to claim Federal funds—Medicaid—to support our children’s mental and emotional health.
This brief and the accompanying presentation presents 5 models, and a step-by-step guide, for education leaders to claim millions of dollars of Medicaid funding to increase supports for the social and emotional needs of students.