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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Dept. of Education, HHS Work to Better Connect Health and Educational Services

January 21, 2016 | Children and Youth | Comments
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This week, the Education Department and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a collection of resources to help states better connect health and education services.  According to the release, the two agencies came together to increase access to health insurance, improve mental and physical support for students and families and strengthen coordination between health and education systems in states and school districts.

“We know that healthy students are better learners who are more likely to thrive in school and in life,” Acting Education Secretary John King and HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a statement. “In communities across the country, educators, health care providers, and families are working each day to help children grow into healthy and well-educated adults. They cannot do this alone. This work depends on strong and sustainable partnerships and commitments between health and education agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.”

The plan – Healthy Students, Promising Futures – contains resources and reference information for a variety of services offered both inside and outside of the federal government. The resources connect students and families to health care coverage, early health screenings, nutritional and healthy living information, and tools to build local partnerships with health care organizations and hospitals.