SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS IN ARIZONA
. The state of Arizona was home to 82 school-based health centers in school year 1997-98, in school year 1999/2000, this number had risen to 116. Although the first center in Arizona opened its doors in 1988, it was not until 1994 that the rapid proliferation of school-based health centers began — prompted largely by state tobacco tax funds which were partially allocated to support primary care services. In 1995-96, $3.5 million from the state tobacco fund was allocated to school-based health centers — predominantly in elementary school settings.


Descriptive Data
SBHCs with
primary care providers

Location of SBHCs
Types of schools
housing SBHCs



State Policies
Table I: Third Party Payments for SBHC Services

SBHCs are eligible for services under fee-for-service Medicaid Yes
SBHCs are eligible for services under fee-for-service SCHIP Yes
State specifically prohibits SBHCs from billing Medicaid No
State requires through law, managed care contracts or regulations that Medicaid managed care provider networks include SBHCs No
State encourages through law, managed care contracts or regulations that Medicaid managed care provider networks include SBHCs No
State prohibits SBHCs from being paid for care provided to Medicaid managed care beneficiaries No
State requires through law, managed care contracts or regulations that SCHIP managed care provider networks include SBHCs No
State requires through law, managed care contracts or regulations that SCHIP managed care provider networks include SBHCs No

 

Table II: Programs and Policies that Support SBHCs

Is there a program unit that is responsible for providing technical assistance to communities interested in SBHCs? Yes
Does this office administer a grant program that supports SBHCs? No
Does the state have targeting guidelines for state-funded SBHCs? No
Has the state established operating standards for SBHCs? No
Are SBHCs licensed by state health licensing authority? Yes

 

Table III: SBHCs and Managed Care Experience

Do any SBHCs in the state have contracts with managed care plans? Yes
Do any SBHCs participate in commercial plans? No
Does state law permit nurse practitioners to participate in managed care provider networks as primary care providers? Yes

 

Table IV: SBHCs and Community Support

Has the state health department or education agency sponsored polls or organized focus groups to identify public interest and concerns regarding SBHCs? No
Has the state agency been asked to provide information on how to start, operate or fund a SBHC? Yes
Has the agency been contacted by persons who were worried about the opening of SBHCs in their community? No
Has the agency been contacted by persons opposed to the opening of SBHCs in the state? Yes
Do SBHCs assess parent and/or student satisfaction with their services? Yes

State Funds for SBHCs for School Year 1999/2000

 

Tobacco Tax Dollars $6,000,000.00

 

Source: National Survey of School-Based Health Centers 2000,
Making the Grade


Contact Information:

Nancy Michaels
Adolescent Health Coordinator
Office of Women’s and Children’s Health
411 N. 24th St
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (602) 364-1400
Fax: (602) 220-6551

Related Links:

Arizona Department of Health
http://www.hs.state.az.us

Arizona School Based Health Care Council http://www.azschoolhealthcouncil.org