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3/01/07 RWJF Announces New School-Connected Mental Health Services 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced today that it is making grants to programs in 15 communities to address the mental health challenges facing growing numbers of immigrant and refugee children. "These are special populations of children with mental health needs that are both unique and substantial," said Foundation program officer Wendy Yallowitz. The new program, called Caring Across Communities, will aim to improve the mental health of new residents by addressing the effects of social factors such as language skills, cultural differences, poor education, and poverty on the more than 30 million immigrant and refugee children currently living in this country, the Foundation said. Each of the 15 projects has been funded for three years for a maximum grant of $300,000.
6/15/06 New Initiative Will Fund School-Based Mental Health Services for Children and Youth 
Princeton, N.J., June 15, 2006 – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today launched a new program to support partnerships between schools and mental health service providers to reduce emotional and behavioral problems among children in low-income, refugee- and immigrant-dense communities. Caring Across Communities: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Diverse Children and Youth, is a three-year, $4.5 million national program that advances RWJF’s efforts to meet the needs of vulnerable families who may not be served by traditional health and social services.
7/13/04 Psychotropic Drugs and Children: Use, Trends, and Implications for School 
Washington, D.C.- Recent increases in the use of psychotropic medications by children and adolescents, limited information on the benefits of these medications for children, and concerns about the adverse consequences of certain drugs have prompted a growing disquiet in the medical community and among policy makers, family members, and school officials.
8/11/03 Number of School-Based Health Centers Continue to Rise Across the United States, National Survey Finds
Washington, D.C.- The number of school-based health centers in the United States rose to nearly 1,500 (1498) in school year 2001/2002. This is a nine percent increase over two years, and an increase of 147% since 1994.
8/05/03 Parents Overwhelmingly Favor Providing Health Care Services in Schools
Washington, DC - Less than half of the country's public schools employ a full-time nurse or offer health care services on site. But a new survey shows that most parents want to see health care services provided in schools.
2/04/02 RWJF Awards Grants to Support Expanded Mental and Dental Health Services In Schools 
Princeton, N.J. -- The burden of untreated mentaland dental health problems for children is substantial. To expand the care available to children and youth, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded grants to fifteen organizations through a new program, Caring for Kids.
6/13/01  RWJF Approves Funding for Caring for Kids: Expanding Dental and Mental Health Services through School-Based Health Centers 
Washington, DC -- The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) is pleased to announce that The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has today released a Call for Proposals for a new program: Caring for Kids: Expanding Dental and Mental Health Services through School-Based Health Centers.
3/1/01  School-Based Health Centers Continue Strong Expansion Across the U.S., National Survey Finds
Washington, D.C. -- The number of school-based health centers in the U.S. climbed to 1,380 in school year 1999/2000, a 20 percent increase over two years and nearly a seven-fold increase over the past decade.
2/20/01  New Center to Study How Schools and Health Systems Can Partner
Washington, D.C. -- The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) opened its doors this month to study strategies for delivering both health promotion and health care services to youth in schools.