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News From Oregon School-Based Health Centers
2014-2015 SBHC Planning
Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Oregon State Legislature’s approval of the budget for fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) and the passing of HB2445 allowed for the release of expansion funds for new School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) across Oregon. The SBHC State Program Office (SPO) recently announced the release of a 2014-2015 Request for Proposal (RFP) for planning grant awards in new planning communities. Applications were accepted for Phase I (2 year planning timeline) and Advanced Phase (1 year planning timeline) projects, with priority going to Advanced Phase applications.

The following communities received grants through this recent funding opportunity:

    • Hood River County - Hood River Valley High School (Advanced Phase)
    • Morrow County - Ione Community School (Advanced Phase)

Awards must be used to initiate sustainable partnerships within the community, prepare the SBHC site, develop protocols, hire staff, and purchase clinic supplies. Each planning site will be required to successfully achieve State certification of their new center by Spring 2015. Upon successful completion of certification, the center will enter the State SBHC Funding Formula July 1, 2015.

For more information, please contact Kate O'Donnell: or 971-673-1054.

2014-2015 School-Based Health Center Innovation Grants
The 2013 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2445, which allocated approximately $750,000 to incentivize organizations to accomplish one or more of the three goals outlined in HB 2445:
1.      Increase the number of SBHCs certified as patient centered primary care homes (PCPCH)
2.      Improve the coordination of the care of patients served by coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and SBHCs
3.      Improve the effectiveness of the delivery of health services through SBHCs who qualify for medical assistance
In April 2014, the SBHC State Program Office (SPO) announced the release of a Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) for SBHC medical sponsors and CCOs to explore innovative approaches to school-based care that accomplish one or more of the above goals and support Oregon’s Triple Aim goals of a healthy population through quality care at a lower cost.
Please see the following page for a summary of grant recipients:

School-Based Health Center Mental Health Expansion Grants
The Oregon State Legislature approved the Oregon Health Authority budget for 2013-2015, which included increased funding to the Addictions and Mental Health Division to support Oregon’s community mental health system. A portion of this funding was allocated for children’s mental health, allowing for a funding opportunity for School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) to increase their capacity to provide mental health services to their clients. 
The SBHC State Program Office (SPO) announced the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for School-Based Health Center Mental Health Expansion Grants. Applications were accepted to support mental health capacity within the school-based health center system by:
  1. Adding mental health staff and expanding current mental health staff hours, with the ability to collect and report mental health encounter visits; and /or
  2. Supporting mental health projects within the school-based health center system, including:
    1. Implementation of a mental health screening tool or framework
    2. Implementation of a mental health telehealth project
    3. Implementation of a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) and mental health research project
    4. Integration of a data capturing system
    5. Support equity and cultural competency
Counties received informal notification of their award status in December, 2013.
  • Total counties requesting funding: 16
  • Total counties awarded funding: 16
  • New SBHC mental health FTE supported: 26.0
  • Number of SBHCs integrating new mental health screening frameworks: 13


Status Report
Fact Sheet
List of Medical Sponsors

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