June 26, 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: LORRAINE GONZALEZ-CAMASTRA at lgonzalez@cdfny.org / (212) 697-2323

June 26, 2013

CHILDREN’S ADVOCATES LAUD CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS’ RESTORATION OF FUNDING FOR NEW YORK CITY

SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS IN 2013-2014 BUDGET

New York City, NY – On Wednesday June 26, 2013, City Council Members voted on a budget negotiation reached over the weekend between City Council and Mayor Bloomberg.   The negotiated budget included the reinstatement of $775,000 in city funds for four school-based health centers that were slated for cuts in the Executive Budget released by Mayor Bloomberg last month.  These four Centers serve over 8,000 students citywide, and provide comprehensive health services, including complete physical exams, immunizations, acute care, laboratory tests, reproductive health and mental health services, and dental care.

When these centers were at risk of losing a significant amount of funding, the Children’s Defense Fund – New York, in partnership with the People’s Budget Coalition and the New York State Coalition for School-based Health Centers, brought this grave concern to the attention of New York City Council Members by defending the health needs of children and demonstrating the cost-savings to the City, at large, with the sustainment of these services.  Specifically, advocates made the case that these school-based health centers invest in the lives of children and youth by preventing visits to the emergency room; reducing health disparities for racial and ethnic minorities; and promoting academic advancement and economic development– ultimately, offering savings to the City over the long term.

Thanks to members of the New York City Council, students at Roosevelt High School (Bronx), Franklin K. Lane High School (Brooklyn), George W. Wingate High School (Brooklyn), and The Percy Sutton Educational Campus (Harlem/Manhattan) will continue to receive comprehensive health care on their school campuses next academic year.  This is a significant victory for the students who attend these schools, and for children and families, at large, who benefit from affordable, accessible, quality health care on school campuses. 

Forging ahead, the Children’s Defense Fund – New York is committed to ensuring that children have access to quality care via school-based health centers statewide and that funding to support these services is baselined in future City Budgets. 

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