Protect Funding for School Based Health Centers

Protect Funding for School Based Health Centers

“Under pressure to end a long running stalemate over the Connecticut state budget last year, lawmakers made a number of decisions that continued the destructive trend of unraveling the human services safety net. The continuation of recent years’ cuts to state subsidy funding for School Based Health Centers (SBHC) is among the most destructive of these reductions. With the new legislative session underway, we are hopeful lawmakers will find a way to halt this trend and reject the governor’s current proposal to reduce the budget further, by 5.84 percent, on top of the 2.14 percent cut to the SBHCs in last October’s approved budget.

If adopted, the combined cut of nearly 8 percent would guarantee the significant reduction in primary care and mental health services provided through Connecticut’s network of SBHCs, and some health center doors would likely close entirely.”

Click here to read CEO Rick Calvert’s OpEd on School Based Health Center Funding in The Connecticut Mirror.