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(p. 222) Managing Chronic Health Concerns 

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(p. 222) Managing Chronic Health Concerns

Christy M. Walcott

, and Jennifer S. Kazmerski

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date: 13 April 2021

The chapter “Managing Chronic Health Concerns,” in School Mental Health Services for Adolescents, reviews biopsychosocial influences on learning and behavior and presents service models targeted for youth with chronic medical conditions. Systemic issues (e.g., racial disparities, disjointed delivery of care, poor communication) are reviewed, with the conclusion that school-based services for chronically ill adolescents are essential to a high-quality continuum of care. This chapter provides strategies for identifying students and reviews common school-based support mechanisms for chronically ill youth. Three common health conditions—asthma, diabetes, and obesity—are highlighted. Finally, this chapter proposes a service delivery model that embraces a behavioral and developmental-ecological framework and focuses on school as a central context, with integration of services across home, school, and medical settings.

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