SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS IN WISCONSIN
Between school years 1995/96 and 1999/2000 the number of school-based health centers in Wisconsin grew from 5 to 37. All the centers are located in Milwaukee; most are located in elementary schools (29); five are in high schools, and three are in middle schools. Hospitals are the dominant sponsors of centers in the state.

Descriptive Data
SBHCs with primary care providers Types of schools housing 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 Yes
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? 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? 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 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? No
Do SBHCs assess parent and/or student satisfaction with their services? Yes

State Funds for SBHCs for School Year 1999/2000

Title V MCH Block Grant
(state directed dollars)
$20,000

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


Contact Information:

Mary Jo Baisch
Director of Insitute for Urban
Health Partnerships
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
School of Nursing
Phone: 414/229-5545
Fax: 414/229-5541

Related Links:

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us