Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community 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.

Eligibility Criteria

School-aged youth.


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 Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $4,244.6 $4,244.6 $4,120.9
Number of Grantees 39 39 39
Number Served 23,890 23,890 23,000

Program Accomplishments

  • 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, mental health services and overweight and obesity.
  • Prevention education activities resulted in more than 47,000 Health Education encounters.
  • Health centers continue to expand partnerships with community agencies to resulting in delivery of more than 6,500 mental health and 11,400 dental visits.