School Health Centers
Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


The students enrolled in an individual school, if the center is school-based, or students attending one or several area schools, if the center is school-linked. All students must have parental permission to receive services unless otherwise allowed by law.


The purpose of the school health center is to improve the overall physical and emotional health of students by promoting healthy lifestyles and by providing easily accessible preventive and acute health care when it is needed.


Routine medical care, physical exams for school or sports, laboratory services, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, immunizations, gynecological exams, family planning, pregnancy testing, nutrition services, drug and substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, transportation, health education (including nutrition, substance abuse prevention and sex education and the promotion of abstinence), and referrals to other services as necessary.

Delivery Method

Services are provided by licensed professional medical staff as required by the Illinois Standards for School-Based/Linked Health Centers. DHS provides grant funds to non-profit agencies to form partnerships with schools and other community agencies which provide the services.

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $4,120.9  4,244.6 $4,244.6 $4,244.6
Number of Grantees 40 39 39 39
Number Served 23,516 23,825 23,890 23,890
Encounters 63,851 83,133 78,194 77,631

Program Effectiveness

  • All school health centers implemented continuous quality improvement projects to address internal clinical audits, patient satisfaction, identification of insurance status and AllKids enrollment, health risk assessment implementation, and overweight and obesity.
  • Prevention education activities resulted in 47,889 Health Education encounters.
  • The school health program instituted an electronic data collection system to allow more accurate monitoring of clinic services.
  • Health centers continue to expand partnerships with community agencies to improve delivery of mental health and dental services.