A Class Act: Coming Together to Improve School-Based Health Services

Thursday, August 16th
10:00am – 11:30am

Integrating health services in school settings can promote student health and readiness to learn. This session focuses on cross-agency collaboration between Medicaid and schools to improve coordination and delivery of school-based health services. The session includes a national overview of school health services delivery models, and Ohio and South Carolina officials share best practices of effective health-education state partnerships, including successes, challenges, and lessons learned.


Colleen Sonosky, Associate Director, DC Department of Health Care Finance

Colleen Sonosky

Colleen Sonosky, JD is the Associate Director of the Division of Children’s Health Services in the Health Care Delivery Management Administration in the District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). DHCF is the agency responsible for the administration of the Medicaid program and the Division of Children’s Health Services oversees policies and procedures for Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) services benefit—the pediatric component of the Medicaid program for children under 21. Ms. Sonosky serves as the District’s EPSDT Coordinator as well as the CHIP Director for the Medicaid-expansion program. In addition, Ms. Sonosky represents DHCF on the District-wide Child Fatality Review Committee, Interagency Coordinating Committee for Early Intervention, and the State Early Child Development Coordinating Committee (SECDCC) where she co-chairs the Health/Wellbeing Subcommittee. She has also served on many national work groups concerning maternal and child health.



Anne De Biasi, Director of Policy Development, Trust for America's Health

Anne Ekedahl De Biasi is Director of Policy Development at the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. She is responsible for defining the agenda and general strategy associated with the organization’s goal to create a modernized, accountable public health system and to integrate prevention into a reforming health care delivery and financing system. Previously Anne served as the first Director of Child Health Policy and Advocacy at Nemours, Director of Public Policy at the National Breast Cancer Coalition and Director of the Children’s Dental Health Project. She was President/CEO of the Oak Orchard Community Health Center and came to Washington, D.C. as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, working as health care staff for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.


Lesley Scott-Charlton, Ohio Department of Medicaid, Medicaid Health Systems Administrator

Lesley Scott-Charlton currently serves as a Policy Administrator with the Ohio Department of Medicaid. She has over 20 years of experience in public service, policy development, and systems administration. Mrs. Scott-Charlton spends a great portion of her time presenting on initiatives that serve Ohio’s children and families. Her Collaborative efforts include partnerships with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the US Department of Health and Human Services; the US Department of Education; State and Local Government agencies; Managed Care Plans; Hospital Associations; and Community organizations. Ms. Scott-Charlton’s Associate Degree training was in the field of Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/and Developmental Disabilities. Her confirmed bachelor degree training is in the field of Social Work, and subsequently dual Graduate degree training in School Counseling and Clinical Counseling from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.


Pete Liggett, Deputy Director, SC Dept of Health and Human Services

Pete Liggett, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, serves as the Deputy Director of Long Term Care and Behavioral Health for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. His focus is guiding long term care and behavioral health policies as SCDHHS transforms these critical services and explores ways to better integrate long term care and behavioral health with primary care services. He joined SCDHHS in August 2012 as Director of Behavioral Health.


Mark Smith, Agency Lead, Medicaid School Program, Ohio Department of Education

Mark H. Smith MPA, BA, QIDP, CPM, Agency Lead, Medicaid in Schools Program, Ohio Department of Education, is currently an administrator with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), serving as the agency’s Medicaid lead as well as its lead health services administrator. Mark also currently serves on the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education’s Board of Directors and has served as NAME’s Past President.
In his work, Mark has presented nationally on topics related to school-based health, data sharing between education and health arenas, parental consent, HCBS waivers, intellectual disabilities program design, electronic signatures protocol, and telepractice service delivery.