School Health Centers
Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services
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.
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 the schools and other community agencies provide the services.
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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. The school health program instituted an electronic data collection system to allow more accurate monitoring of clinic services.