SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS IN OHIO
In school year 1999/2000 Ohio reported 20 school-based health centers, an increase of ten over a two-year period. Most of the centers (15) were located in urban areas. That year state funding for centers came to $75,000 — all from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant or Title V program — which marked a $40,000 decrease in funding for centers over two years. Thirteen of the centers were located in elementary schools, four in high schools, one in a K-12 school, and two in alternative schools.


Descriptive Data, 1999/2000

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 Yes
SBHCs are eligible for services under fee-for-service SCHIP Yes
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, 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 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? 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? No

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? Yes
Does state law permit nurse practitioners to participate in managed care provider networks as primary care providers? No

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? No
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? 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

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

State Funds for SBHCs for School Year 1999-2000

Title V MCH Block Grant
(state directed dollars)
$7,500


Contact Information:

Angela Norton
SBHC Program Administrator
Ohio Department of Health
P.O. Box 118
264 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43266-0118
Phone: 614/466-6039
Fax: 614/466-9850
Email: anorton@gw.odh.state.oh.us

Related Links:

Ohio Department of Health
http://www.odh.state.oh.us