New Study: The “Hidden Health Care System” in California Schools and Children with Special Health Care Needs

The recent controversy over who is permitted to administer diabetes injections to children in school underscores a larger issue: Health services for California students with special health care needs vary greatly by school district, are provided by a variety of school staff, operate under a confusing patchwork of regulations, and are often underfunded, according to a new study.

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Researchers from California State University-Sacramento’s School of Nursing analyzed 2011-2012 state education data, interviewed school education experts, and conducted a large-scale survey of certified school nurses who are members of the California School Nurses Association. The research, which will be presented today at the California School Nurses Association conference in Sacramento, was funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

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