SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS IN COLORADO
In school year 1999/2000, Colorado reported 33 operating school-based health centers an increase of two centers from school year 1997/98. The centers received approximately $864,000 in state funds, primarily from the Title V Maternal and Child Health grant, as well as a grant from Making the Grade. Centers utilized Medicaid for funding as well. Most (26) of the centers are located in urban areas, and the majority (14) provide services to high school students.
 


Descriptive Data

Results of the Making the Grade 2000 Survey on SBHC Initiatives

Primary Care Providers
on Site
Types of Schools
Housing SBHCs
Location of SBHCs

 


State PoliciesTable I: Policies regarding 3rd 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 S-CHIP No
State policy 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 Yes
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 S-CHIP managed care provider networks include SBHCs No
State encourages through law, managed care contracts or regulations that S-CHIP managed care provider networks include SBHCs Yes

Table II: Programs and Policies that Support SBHCs

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

 

*Operating guidelines in Colorado are recommended.


Table III: SBHCs and Managed Care Experience

Do any SBHCs have contracts with managed care plans? Yes
Do any SBHCs participate in commercial plans? Yes
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 or 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 state agency been contacted by persons who were worried about the opening of a SBHC in their community? Yes
Has the state 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

 


Sources of State Funding for School Year 1999/2000:

Title V MCH Block Grant (state directed dollars): $212,000
Title V MCH Block Grant (local directed dollars): $225,000
Making the Grade Grant: $652,000
Total: $864,000

 


Contact Information:

Bruce Guernsey
Director, SBHC Initiative
CO Dept. of Public Health & Environment
4300 Cherry Drive South,
FCHSD-AH-A4
Denver, CO 80222-1530
Phone: (303)692-2377
Fax:(303)782-5576
email: Bruce.Guernsey@state.co.us

Betty Pepin
President
Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care
c/o Commerce City Community Health Services
4675 E. 69th Avenue
Commerce City, CO 80022
Phone: 303-853-3279
Fax: 303-289-7378
email: bpepin@acsd14.k12.co.us
website: http://www.casbhc.org

Related Links:

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Quality Standards

Highlights of CASBHC’s Annual Report 1999

Colorado Association for School-Based Health Centers Annual Report. 1999