Project Summary

The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, one of the first providers to design and implement clinical services in the Los Angeles Unified School District, opened its first school-based health center in 1987 at Los Angeles High School. In 1997, Children’s Hospital opened two additional centers at Hollywood High and Manual Arts High Schools in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The funded project will increase mental health services to students enrolled at the comprehensive school-based health center at Los Angeles High School. Through the Caring for Kids grant, psychology interns and a program coordinator will be added to the staff, to increase the number of students served through individual and group counseling. To enhance third-party reimbursements and increased access to care, a part-time bilingual enrollment specialist will be hired to facilitate utilization of Medi-Cal and EPSDT funding.

Stakeholders at the school will be engaged in developing innovative methods to reduce barriers to mental health services and to foster a supportive school environment for students and families.

Key strategies for Program sustainability includes:

  • Revenue generation through third-party reimbursement;
  • Increasing foundation and corporate funding;
  • Performance improvement and innovation;
  • Coordination with colleges and universities to provide trainees; and
  • Advocacy and policy changes.

Caring for Kids is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, a nonpartisan policy and program center based at The George Washington University.