Health Net has also expanded access to high-quality physical and mental health care for California children at K-12 schools through its partnership with Hazel Health, the national leader in school-based telehealth.
Health Net and L.A. Care Health Plan will give up to $24 million over two years to cover the cost of the program. Hazel Health expects to provide Mental Health support for more than 1.3 million L.A. County students.
Our $3 million in grants, especially in Los Angeles County school districts, support Hazel Health’s work to close equity gaps and advance education through increased access to medical care and behavioral support.
This extension of care — beyond the home and doctor’s office and into the schools — reduces absenteeism and helps avoid wider educational disparity (as students in lower-income areas stay in school more often).
Hazel Health’s physical and mental health services have helped students in over 130 schools across California where Health Net has members. At these schools, students who had an in-school physical health visit with Hazel were able to safely return to class 85% of the time. That return rate for a single school year resulted in about 2,300 additional hours of class time for California students who would have otherwise been sent home.