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District of Columbia Expanded School-Based Health Programs

Monday, June 5, 2017

In spring 2017, the District of Columbia released new plans to expand school health and behavioral health services to schools across the city. The Department of Behavioral Health’s (DBH) School Mental Health Program and the Department of Health’s (DOH) School Health Services Program will both be implemented throughout the 2017-2018 school year. The new programs focus on the preventative and chronic health needs of students, continuous care in all schools, and maximizing community resources to improve overall academic and health outcomes. The programs offer consistent services across all schools with room to personalize based on individual school health needs.