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Program Description

  School Health Services

This program provides health services to students in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). These services include: first aid and emergency care; health appraisal; medication and treatment administration; health counseling, consultation, and education; referral for medical, psychological, and behavioral problems; case management for students with acute and chronic health conditions, and pregnant and parenting teens; and hearing, vision, and lead certification screenings. Immunizations and tuberculosis screenings are administered at School Health Services Immunization Centers, primarily to international students enrolling in MCPS. Primary health care, provided by nurse practitioners and physicians, is provided to students enrolled at one of the County's School Based Health and Wellness Centers (SBHWC) or High School Wellness Centers. Head Start/Pre-K provides federally mandated health services to eligible three and four-year old children and is a collaborative effort of HHS, Office of Community Affairs, School Health Services, and MCPS.

Program Contacts

Contact Nina Ashford, DrPH, MPH of the HHS - Public Health Services at 240.777.4253 or Grace Pedersen of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.773.1088 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Immunizations administered to students at SHS Immunization Center and SBHWCs 119,34219,18120,00020,50021,000
Percent of students that return to class and are ready to learn after a health room visit 287%81%85%85%85%
1  Immunizations remained stable between FY22 and FY23. The program anticipates there will be a slight increase in coming years due to increased student enrollment.
2  About 15% of students who visit a health room are sent home. This number has little variance from year to year regardless of the number of students enrolled or who visits the health room.

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved38444518333.37
Enhance: Annualization of Dedicated School Health Room Staffing for New Community Schools added in FY24, Partially Offset by State Revenue127102410.00
Add: Maryland Department of Health Grant for School Based Health Centers11444820.50
Enhance: State-Mandated Dedicated Nurses for New Community Schools, Partially Offset by State Revenue9083186.87
Increase Cost: Support Cost Increases in Existing School Based Health Center Contracts3849150.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.35815961.37
FY25 Recommended45734853352.11