The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $14 million, funded through the Affordable Care Act, to 45 school-based health centers throughout the country Thursday.
The money is intended to allow its grantees, which already treat about 112,000 children, to expand their services and modernize their facilities, according to a department press release. The funding should allow those clinics to serve up to 53,000 additional children in 29 states.
The school-based health centers are designed to allow children with acute and chronic conditions to attend school and also to improve the overall health of the student population. They provide a combination of primary care, mental health care, dental health, nutrition education and other services.
According to HHS, the Affordable Care Act included $200 million in funding from 2010 to 2013 for capital improvements and delivery expansion at school-based health centers. A full list of the clinics receiving grants is available on the department's website.