Free health care in schools

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) | NYC Department of Education/NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Health Grade-Schooler Pre-Teen Teen

Students can get easy access to health care at their school. Services include:

  • medical exams
  • eye exams
  • asthma screenings
  • help with medicine

Some SBHCs also offer mental health care and reproductive care for high-schoolers.

  • Students can get free care regardless of immigration status.
  • Students can get free care even if they don't have insurance. Staff can help families apply for free or low-cost public health insurance.
  • Centers offer appointments during school hours and 24 hour phone support.
  • High-schoolers can receive private reproductive care. They do not need consent from their families.
  • Check with your child's school or see the list of SBHCs to see if a health center is on site. Not all schools have an SBHC.

Am I eligible?

All students enrolled at a school with a SBHC are eligible for health care services at their school.

I'm ready to apply

To get free health care, students must have their parents or guardians fill out and return a consent form. You can get the form at the SBHC at your child’s school.

Students do not need to have health insurance to enroll in SBHC. If the student does have insurance, include the information on the consent form.

How can I get help?

  • Visit the SBHC website to learn about all of the available services.
  • Email Lorraine Tiezzi, Director of Adolescent Health, if you have questions about this program.

Updated February 21, 2020