SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
In school year 1999/2000 South Carolina had 26 school-based health centers, an increase of 4 over two years. Seventy-three percent of the centers are in rural areas of the state. Fifty-four percent of the centers are in elementary schools, 23 percent are located in high schools, and 19 percent of the centers are in middle schools. Centers are eligible to receive Medicaid and CHIP payments for services. Furthermore, school-based heath center are allowed to participate in managed care organizations as primary care providers.

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 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, mangaed 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? No
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? 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? No
Has the state agency been asked to provide inforamtion on how to start, operate, or fund a SBHC? No
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


Contact Information:

Marilyn Laken
Associate Dean for Resesrach & Policy
Medical University of South Carolina
College of Nursing
171 Ashley Ave
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: (843) 792-2110
Fax:(843) 792-7476

Related Links:

South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
http://www.dhhs.state.sc.us