School based and school linked health care can be an important way for young people to access critical health services. The materials on this page address some of the common legal questions that arise when students seek health and mental health care during the school day.


HIPAA or FERPA? A Primer on Sharing School Health Information in California, 2nd ed.: This resource, originally created by the National Center for Youth Law for the California School-Based Health Alliance (formerly CSHCA), and now updated in 2018, provides essential information for navigating the interactions of HIPAA and FERPA in school health programs, including school health centers, school-based mental health programs, school nursing services, and other health services delivered on school campuses. (Current. Updated 2018)

Confidential Medical Release – Frequently Asked Questions from Schools and Districts: A comprehensive document examining common questions about confidential medical release and students leaving school during the school day for confidential medical appointments. (Current. Updated 2015)


Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Law: This webinar introduces the Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Law Guide, a resource developed for Title X grantees and sub-recipient agencies. The webinar will familiarize you with the guide, and assist you with the development and implementation of policies and training within your clinic or organization.


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In foster care, there aren’t always adults to reliably answer your burning questions on relationships, sex & #reprohealth. That’s why former foster youth are bringing those conversations to you in RHEP’s new podcast, #SelfTaught. Stream it now: #RHEP #NCYL

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