PA 15-59—sSB 917

Public Health Committee


SUMMARY: This act establishes a statutory definition for a “school-based health center” (SBHC) and permits the Department of Public Health (DPH) to adopt regulations to establish minimum quality standards for these centers. Under the act, 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, or nonprofit health or human services agency); and

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

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

Additionally, the act establishes a statutory definition for an “expanded school health site” and extends to these sites certain statutory provisions regarding SBHCs. Among other things, this means the (1) sites may receive DPH grants for community-based primary care providers, (2) SBHC Advisory Council must advise the DPH commissioner on matters related to the sites, and (3) sites are exempt from DPH's certificate of need requirements.

Under the act, an “expanded school health site” is defined the same way as an SBHC, except that the (1) term does not include health centers located in or on the grounds of an Indian tribe or tribal organization and (2) sites provide either medical or behavioral services, including dental services, counseling, health education, and screening and prevention services.

The act also makes technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

OLR Tracking: ND; JSB; VR; BS