Four school-based health programs in state receive grant money
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Four school-based health care programs in West Virginia were among the nearly 200 nationwide that received $80 million in federal funds this week.
Camden-on-Gauley Medical Center, Ritchie County Primary Care Association in Harrisville, Community Care of West Virginia in Rock Cave, and CHANGE in Weirton all received about $500,000, according to a news release from the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care.
The money was made available through the federal Affordable Care Act, the release states, and is meant to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for school-aged children.
"Data show that school-based health centers help decrease absenteeism, reduce unnecessary and costly emergency room visits, and ensure quality and cost-effective care for children and adolescents," according to the release.