Funding Approved For Health Programs In Lake Linden
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced $ 200,000 funding for the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center to provide health and mental health services to the Lake Linden-Hubbell School District.
There are 140 school-based health centers in Michigan, which play an important role in providing health care to students with limited access to medical care outside of school. Senator Stabenow secured these funds in the new government funding bill.
School-based health centers provide a combination of primary care, mental health care, substance use counseling, case management, dental health, nutrition education, mental health education. health and health promotion activities
“School-based health centers play an important role in providing care to many children who do not have access to a family physician,” he said. said Senator Stabenow. “They are also meeting a critical need for mental health services for children affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center has already done such a wonderful job in the community. Glad I hope they can provide care for more students. ”
“The pandemic puts an even greater emphasis on the need to invest in our school -based health centers – which play a vital role in providing care as well as mental health support to students, teachers, and school staff every day, ” said Senator Peters. “These federal resources will help the Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center expand access to essential services in schools throughout the Upper Peninsula, and ensure students get the support they need to succeed. “
“Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center and the Lake Linden-Hubbell School District are very grateful and excited about this HRSA School Based Health Center award. Together, we strive to provide exceptional education and care services to health of children in our community. We are grateful for the support of Senators Stabenow and Peters in this project and look forward to implementing the services together, ” said Donald Simila, CEO Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center.
School-based health centers continued to provide services to their patients throughout the COVID-19 crisis, with more than half of the centers offering telehealth services. Throughout the pandemic, school-based health centers saw a 73% increase in the use of essential mental health services among children and adolescents. School-based health centers also regularly help coordinate school-based COVID-19 responses to protect students, faculty, and other employees.