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 schools within the district 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 provide the services.

Program Data

School Health Centers Program Data
Performance Indicators SFY03 SFY04 SFY05 SFY06
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $4,209.20 $4,071.70 $4,334.30 $4,437.20
Number of Grantees 27 27 27 27
Number Served 26400 26700 28800 29000

Program Effectiveness


  • The total grantee school health center enrollment was 60,499 students.
  • There were 24,823 students seen in 56,507 medical encounters for an average of 2.28 visits per student.
  • Health education in the classroom by the center's health staff reached 39,823 students.
  • Grantees billed 3rd party payers $2,130,498 and received $1,307,930 reimbursement for services provided.