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School-Based Health Center Grants Awarded to Local Schools.

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WALLA WALA, Washington. - The Washington State Department of Health will be awarding grants to develop more school-based health care centers in counties across the state.

The school-based or school-linked health centers are comprehensive primary care clinics providing medical and mental health screening and treatment for young people on or near school grounds.  They'll  provide medical care through health providers such as a hospital, health departments or medical practices to low income students with little or no health insurance.

The grants will go to 11 communities in all, including Dayton and Walla Walla Counties.  Right now there are 17 school-based centers already in operation in the state with 16 in King County and 1 in Kitsap County.
"In Washington, more than one out of three adolescents has not seen a physician or health care provider in the last year for preventive care," said State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes.

Last year more than 5 thousand students enrolled in these centers.  The grants being awarded are up to 20 thousand dollars.