- In Delaware SBHCs are operated by a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals who use a holistic approach to address a broad
range of health and health-related needs of students.
- SBHCs may be funded by state, federal and/or third-party billing funds; through a community partnership; through grant sources; but
also require the support of the school with in-kind or actual dollars.
- All service components are reviewed by the local school board or governing entity based on the needs of the student population as
identified through a needs assessment or a statement of need based on school data analyzed specifically for the center.
- Through primary prevention and early intervention Delaware SBHCs provide services to various student
- SBHCs are not a substitute for the student’s personal physician and/or medical home but rather, act as a source for referral to
outside medical care and as points of contact for supportive, comprehensive health services.
- All school-based health centers must receive school board/governing entity approval prior to making application with the Delaware
Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health for approval to become a Recognized State SBHC and before
implementing such services.
- With school board/governing entity approval the following services may be provided in addition to Item #4 and in accordance with item
#6 where applicable:
- diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases
- limited reproductive health services
- HIV testing and counseling
- All school-based health centers must receive written parental permission prior to providing medical, mental and nutritional health
services to students.
- School records and center records are kept separately to insure confidentiality.
For more information concerning all SBHCs contact the Division of Public Health
School-Based Health Center Central Office .
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