U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced funding for the Cassopolis Family Clinic to establish a new school-based health center at the Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School in Cassopolis. The Cassopolis Family Clinic received support through the School-Based Health Center Capital Program, a competitive initiative which was authored by Senator Stabenow. The program provides school-based health centers with critical resources for construction, renovation and equipment needs to improve children's access to basic health services. In Michigan, there are more than 100 school-based and school-linked health centers serving more than 200,000 students.
Cassopolis Family Clinic will receive $340,925 to establish a new school-based health clinic at the Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School. The planned 3120 sq. ft. clinic, which will be located in an unused wood shop, will provide basic primary care health services for approximately 1000 students throughout Cassopolis Public Schools.
Senator Stabenow said: "During these difficult economic times, it's essential that we all work together to make sure our children receive the health care they need. Too many children across our state do not have access to a family doctor. I'm pleased my initiative will help Cassopolis Public Schools provide basic medical care to students during the school day. "
Tracy D. Hertsel, Superintendent of Cassopolis Public Schools said: "Teachers and parents have long recognized that healthy kids are better learners. These grant dollars allow Cassopolis Family Clinic to address health issues of our kids on site, while allowing teachers to do what they do best - teach."
Mary Middleton, Executive Director of Cassopolis Family Clinic said: "We are so grateful for the funding which will allow Cassopolis Family Clinic to provide youth focused medical services right in the Cass Public Schools, meeting the needs of children and teens who otherwise would not receive services."
School-based health centers play a major role in providing basic health services for students who do not have access to medical care. Typically, a school-based clinic provides a combination of primary care, mental health care, substance abuse counseling, case management, dental health, nutrition education, health education and health promotion activities.
The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees the School-Based Health Center Capital Program.