OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 917

AN ACT CONCERNING SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS.

SUMMARY:

This bill establishes a statutory definition for a “school-based health center,” (SBHC) and requires DPH to adopt regulations to establish minimum quality standards for these centers. Under the bill, an SBHC:

1. is located in or on the grounds of a school facility of a school district, school board, Indian tribe, or tribal organization;

2. is organized through school, community, and health provider relationships;

3. is administered by a sponsoring facility (e.g., hospital, health department, community health center, nonprofit health or human services agency); and

4. provides comprehensive medical and behavioral health services to children and adolescents according to state and local law.

The bill prohibits anyone from using (1) the term SBHC to describe a facility or (2) any words or abbreviations that may be reasonably confused with this term, unless the facility meets the bill's definition.

The bill also makes technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

27

Nay

0

(03/27/2015)