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Schumer: We Need Better School Health Services and This ACA Grant Addresses that Need

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Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Chautauqua County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. will receive a grant totaling $133,322 from the Department of Health and Human Services Affordable Care Act (ACA) Grants for School-Based Health Centers Capital Program.

Chautauqua County Chapter of NYSARC (The Resource Center) will be using the money to expand their school-based health centers program in the Jamestown and Pine Valley school districts to include mental health services and dental services.

"With these funds, the Resource Center can continue to bring quality health services to schools in Chautauqua County," said Schumer. "The bottom line is that we need to ensure that our school children have access to top-notch medical care; the ACA funding for School Based Health Centers does just that and can really make a difference in the community."

"We are very excited because this grant continues to expand upon the alignment of organizations such as the Resource Center and entities such as Jamestown and Pine Valley schools," said Executive Director Paul Cesana. "This collaboration furthers the goals of the Affordable Care Act, which is to provide early intervention on the preventative side that supports people health instead of simply reacting with diagnostic treatment. We are very appreciative of Senator Schumer's continued support for healthcare services."

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Grants for School-Based Health Centers Capital Program aims to provide effective, efficient, and quality health care. Applicants must demonstrate that their proposal will lead to improvements in access to health services for children at a School Based Health Center (SBHC). In order to be eligible for the funding, applicants must certify that the SBHC site(s) serves a large population of children eligible for medical assistance under the State Medicaid plan under of the Social Security Act for projects including any combination of site-specific, stand-alone facility projects and one project to purchase moveable equipment and supplies for multiple SBHC sites.

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