Press release, 2022 August 23

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Press release, 2022 August 23
Georgia. Office of the Governor
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For Immediate Release Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Gov. Kemp to Supercharge School-Based Health Center Program, Help Strengthen Healthcare Options for Families Across Georgia
Atlanta, GA Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that he will dedicate $125 million to supercharge Georgia's School-Based Health Center Program and help strengthen healthcare options for families across the state, including those in underserved and rural communities. The funding will be administered by the Georgia Department of Education through a grant program. Awardees will be able to use grants of up to $1 million per project to support the planning and start-up of new School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) in approved Title 1 schools.
"School-Based Health Centers are effective models for meeting the unique needs of students, families, and their communities," said Governor Kemp. "By investing these funds, we're paving the way for new centers across the state where they are needed most. This innovative program is in line with our ongoing efforts to lower costs and increase access to quality healthcare coverage for everyone -- especially those in rural Georgia -without assigning an unfair price tag to taxpayers."
The goal of SBHCs is to provide students the best opportunity to succeed by addressing medical, behavioral, dental, and vision health needs. SBHCs are a proven, effective method for addressing those needs by meeting students where they are in school, eliminating barriers like transportation, accessibility, and cost for children and families living in communities with healthcare access challenges. SBHCs have also been proven to help communities by reducing avoidable or unnecessary emergency room visits, increasing access to quality healthcare options, improving school attendance records, and increasing the likelihood of students and families seeking care. Additionally, SHBCs comprehensive services support schools with safe reopening and COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
To learn more about SBHCs, please follow this link. Depending on the needs of the
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individual school and the local community, SBHCs provide the following comprehensive services: Primary Care (including child wellness exams) Behavioral health screening and counseling Diagnosis and treatment of acute chronic illnesses and minor injuries (i.e. asthma,
diabetes, and sickle cell) Immunizations Vision and hearing screenings Lab tests Sport physicals Referrals to and coordination of outside services Dental care (including fillings, extractions, fluoride treatments, sealants, and restorative
services) Full-service vision center: eye exams and prescription glasses
Press Contacts Katie Byrd - Director of Communications Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp Andrew Isenhour - Deputy Director of Communications Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp
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