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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SBHCs are primarily seeing students by appointment. Many SBHCs also offer telemedicine to provide needed services virtually. Please contact the SBHC in your school for information about appointments and telemedicine, as well as in-person services during the pandemic.

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

  • Physical examinations
  • Medical care for chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes
  • Screening and treatment for occasional illnesses such as headaches and sore throats
  • Mental health services or referrals for mental health services as needed

Students can can get services at no cost, regardless of insurance or immigration status.

  • Students and their families can get help with applications for free or low-cost public health insurance.
  • SBHCs offer services by appointment or walk-in.
  • Some SBHC's also offer age-appropriate reproductive health care for teens. High Schoolers do not need parental consent to receive confidential reproductive health services.
  • Check with your child's school or see the list of SBHCs to find out if a health center exists at your child's campus.

Who is eligible

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


How 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 to 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.

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Updated October 23, 2020