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SBHC Access to Services during COVID-19 as of May 26, 2020 (Spanish available)

School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are medical clinics that offer a full range of physical, behavioral and preventive health services to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. SBHCs are located either within a school or on school grounds. By providing easy access to health care, SBHCs reduce barriers such as cost, transportation and concerns about confidentiality that keep parents and students from seeking the health services students need.

Per Governor Brown’s Executive Order No. 20-20, all Oregon K-12 schools are required to close for the remainder of the academic school year. Due to this closure, many SBHCs also closed their clinic doors and adjusted their services.

For more details on specific SBHC hours of operations and how to access services, please contact the SBHC directly.


2017-2018 SBHC Mental Health Capacity Grants

The SBHC State Program Office (SPO) is pleased to announce the release of the SBHC Application for School-Based Health Center Mental Health Grant: Capacity Grant. These monies will be awarded to the Local Public Health Authorities (LPHA) based on a funding formula and competitive proposal review process. Funding and awards are dependent on final Legislative approval of the 2017-2019 Oregon Health Authority budget.

Please see the following documents for more information about the application process and individual SBHC funding availability:

If you have questions about the SBHC Mental Health Capacity Grant please contact Kate O'Donnell at 971-673-1054 or kathryn.m.odonnell@dhsoha.state.or.us.


Revised SBHC Standards for Certification starting July 1, 2017

standards for certification

The SBHC State Program Office (SPO) recently undertook a review of the SBHC Standards for Certification. The goal of this review was to reexamine the 2014 Standards for Certification to (1) identify and address any areas in need of clarification; (2) update sections to align with current best practice; and (3) continue to adapt the Standards to support operations and advance quality healthcare in a school setting.

All Oregon State certified SBHCs will be required to meet the minimum standards outlined in the revised Standards beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

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