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 from partnerships with the schools and other community agencies provide the services.

Program Data

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $4,108.0 $4,120.9 $4,244.6 $4,244.6
Number of Grantees 37 40 39 39
Number Served 24,823 23,516 23,825 ?

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.
  • The school health program instituted an electronic data collection system to allow more accurate monitoring of clinic services.
  • Clinics continue to increase the amount of money they collect from third party payers.