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SBHC Standards for Certification Review

The SBHC State Program Office (SPO) is currently undertaking a review of the SBHC Standards for Certification. The goal of this review is to reexamine the current Standards to (1) identify and address any areas in need of clarification; (2) update sections to align with current best practice: and (3) continue to adapt the Standards to support operations and advance quality healthcare in a school setting.

The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, Adolescent, Genetics, and Reproductive Health section is proposing to permanently adopt and amend administration rules in chapter 333, division 28 pertaining to the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) certification process and requirements. 

You are being invited to review and comment On the proposed rules.  If you wish to present oral testimony, a public hearing will be held in Portland, Oregon at 800 NE Oregon St, Room 221, on November 17, 2016 at 1:30pm. You may also file written comments before 5:00pm on November 22, 2016 by submitting them to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following address:

OHA, Public Health Division
Brittany Hall, Administrative Rules Coordinator
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930
Portland, Oregon 97232

E-Mail comments to You may also send comments by fax to (971)673-1299. Final rules will be filed after Consideration of all comments.

For More Details, please see Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact and the full text of proposed rules:

333-028 Notice of Hearing.pdf333-028 Notice of Hearing
333-028 Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact.pdf333-028 Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact
333-028 Proposed Rules Text.pdf333-028 Proposed Rules Text

SPO convened a SBHC Certification Review workgroup comprised of representatives from the SPO, OSBHA, the Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO) and Oregon SBHCs. The workgroup met seven times from October 2015 to May 2016 to review the Standards line by line and explore potential revisions. Please see below for meeting materials and summary notes:
Meeting 1: October 29, 2015
Meeting 4: January 12, 2016
Meeting 2: November 19, 2015
Meeting 5: February 2, 2016
Meeting 3: December 10, 2015
Meeting 6: February 23, 2016

Meeting 7: May 11th, 2016
Workgroup 7 Notes.pdfMeeting Summary Notes

The workgroup produced draft revisions to the Standards, which are available below. The first document contains the workgroup’s proposed edits to the current Standards, with all proposed edits indicated in RED. The second document shows what the new Standards would look like, should all the workgroup’s edits be incorporated into a new set of Standards.

The SPO held a webinar in early April 2016 to review the major changes proposed by the workgroup to the Standards.  For more information, please view the Certification Standards Revisions webinar presentation.

All Oregon State certified SBHCs will be required to meet the minimum standards outlined in the revised Standards beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.
The first SBHC Standards for Certification were developed in 2000 by the SPO, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance (OSBHA), and SBHC partners. These Standards have been updated a number of times over the past 15 years, most recently in 2012-2013. For more information, please view the current Oregon SBHC Standards for Certification.
For more information about the Certification Review workgroup, please contact Kate O’Donnell: or 971.673.1054.


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