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.
  • Not all schools have SBHCs, you can check with your child's school to see if a health center is on site.

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.

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 Solluz Melendez, School-Based Health Centers Coordinator, if you have questions about this program.

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