Connecticut - School-based health services: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law addresses the development of school-based health centers or clinics, even if only through a grant program on some campuses.

General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 19a-6r. School-based health centers and expanded school health sites. Definitions. Use of title. Regulations.

(a) As used in sections 19a-6i, 19a-7d and 19a-638:

  • (1) “School-based health center” means a health center that: (A) Is located in, or on the grounds of, a school facility of a school district or school board or of an Indian tribe or tribal organization; (B) is organized through school, community and health provider relationships; (C) is administered by a sponsoring facility; and (D) provides comprehensive on-site medical and behavioral health services to children and adolescents in accordance with state and local law, including laws relating to licensure and certification.
  • (2) “Expanded school health site” means a health center that: (A) Is located in, or on the grounds of, a school facility of a school district or school board; (B) is organized through school, community and health provider relationships; (C) is administered by a sponsoring facility; and (D) provides medical or behavioral services, including, but not limited to, dental services, counseling, health education, health screening and prevention services, to children and adolescents in accordance with state and local law, including laws relating to licensure and certification.
  • (3) “Sponsoring facility” means a: (A) Hospital; (B) public health department; (C) community health center; (D) nonprofit health or human services agency; (E) school or school system; or (F) program administered by the Indian Health Service or the Bureau of Indian Affairs or operated by an Indian tribe or a tribal organization.

(b) No person or entity shall use the term “school-based health center” to describe a facility or make use of any words, letters or abbreviations that may reasonably be confused with said term unless the facility meets the definition of a school-based health center in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) The Department of Public Health may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to establish minimum quality standards for school-based health centers, as defined in subsection (a) of this section.


General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 19a-6p. School-based health centers. Hours. Services. Reimbursement for services.

Any school-based health center may (1) extend its hours of operation, (2) provide services to students who do not reside in the school district that such school-based health center is located, (3) provide behavioral health services, (4) expand the health care services provided by such school-based health center, (5) conduct community outreach relating to services provided by such school-based health center, and (6) receive reimbursement for services from private insurance. Any services provided by a school-based health center under this section shall be provided in accordance with the terms of any license issued by the Department of Public Health to such school-based health center.


General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 10-203a. Guidelines re physical health needs of students. Optional adoption of plans by local and regional boards of education.

(3) procedures for assessing the need for community-based services such as services provided by school-based health clinics, municipal parks and recreation departments, family resource centers and after-school programs, and (4) procedures for maximizing monetary and other resources from local, state and federal sources to address the physical health needs of students.


General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 19a-6i. School-based health center advisory committee. Members. Duties. Report.

(a) There is established a school-based health center advisory committee for the purpose of advising the Commissioner of Public Health on matters relating to (1) statutory and regulatory changes to improve health care through access to school-based health centers and expanded school health sites, (2) minimum standards for the provision of services in school-based health centers and expanded school health sites to ensure that high quality health care services are provided in school-based health centers and expanded school health sites, as such terms are defined in section 19a-6r, and (3) other topics of relevance to the school-based health centers and expanded school sites, as requested by the commissioner.

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