SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS IN NEW JERSEY
New Jersey reported 13 school-based health centers operating during school year 1997/98. By school year 1999/2000, there were four more operating centers. Most of the centers (82%) were open full time. The majority of these centers (53%) operate in high schools. In 1998 the state directed $700,000 in general fund monies to the centers; in 1999/2000 this number had risen to $7.6 million. Centers are not eligible to receive Medicaid payments for services, and none of them have negotiated contracts with managed care plans.

Descriptive Data
 
SBHCs with primary care providers Types of schools housing SBHCs Location of SBHCs


State Policies

Table I: Policies Regarding Third Party Payments for SBHC Services

SBHCs are eligible for services under fee-for-service Medicaid No
SBHCs are eligible for services under fee-for-service SCHIP 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 inlcude SBHCs No
State encourages through law, mangaed 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 SCHIP managed care provider networks inlcude SBHCs No
State encourages through law, mangaed 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 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? Yes

 
Table III: SBHCs and Managed Care Experience

Do any SBHCs in the state have contracts with managed care plans? No
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 intersts or concerns regarding SBHCs? Yes
Has the state agency been asked to provide inforamtion 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 SBHCs in their communities? Yes
Has the agency been contacted by persons opposed to the opening of SBHCs in the State? No
Do SBHCs assess parent and/or student satisfaction with their services? Yes

 

State Funds for SBHCs for School Year 1999/2000

State General Fund $7,400,000
Preventive Health and Health Services Grant $250,000
Total
$7,650,000

 

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


Contact Information:

Roberta Knowlton, Director
School-Based Youth Services Program
New Jersey Department of
Human Services
CN 700
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 292-7816
Fax: (609) 292-1807
Email: rknowlton@dhs.state.nj.us

Related Links:

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
http://www.state.nj.us/health