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Temporary Rules Change

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division is temporarily amending OAR 333-028-0220 to revise the version of the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Standards for Certification that is currently referenced, from the 2013 SBHC Standards for Certification Manual to the 2014 SBHC Standards for Certification Manual.  We expect no impact to certified SBHCs or planning grantees, as the Local Public Health Authorities (LPHA) are currently being held to the 2014 Standards for Certification. 

We will be undergoing the permanent rules changing process prior to November 1, 2015.  At that time, interested partners will invited to comment on this change.

See documents for more information. 

    School-Based Health Center Mental Health Expansion Grant 2015-2017 RFQs
The SBHC State Program Office (SPO) is pleased to announce the release of the SBHC Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for School-Based Health Center Mental Health Expansion Grant: Capacity Building as well as School-Based Health Center Mental Health Expansion Grant: Support Projects. Please see RFQs below. These monies will be awarded to the Local Public Health Authorities (LPHA) for the 2015-2017 biennium based on a competitive proposal review process conducted by the SPO, and dependent on final Legislative approval of the Oregon Health Authority budget.
Depending on the project, awarded monies must be used to support mental health capacity and/or mental health projects within the SBHC system.
The applications must be submitted to the SPO by mail or email through the Local Public Health Authority, typically the County Health Department. The applicants may request funds for one or more Oregon SBHCs that are state-certified by June 30th, 2015.
Application deadline is May 22nd , 2015 by 5:00 PM.
The SPO will hold two technical assistance calls to answer any questions related to the RFQ. The dates and times are as follows:
              • Wednesday, April 15, 3:30-4:30pm for questions related to the Capacity Building Grant

FAQ for Capacity Grant RFQ

            • Thursday, April 23, 9-10am for questions related to the Support Project Grants
Call number: 1-877-848-7030
Participant Code: 148921
The SPO will notify all LPHAs of their qualification status by June 15th, 2015.

SBHC Key Performance Measures (KPMs) Revisions 

In Fall 2014, the SBHC State Program Office (SPO) convened a stakeholders workgroup with the goal to reexamine the current KPMs to understand (1) if any of the current KPMs should be modified or eliminated; and (2) if new KPMs should be added and, if so, which ones. Workgroup participants included representatives from local SBHCs, the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership and the SPO.  See the Oregon SBHC Data Requirements tab for more background information about current KPM requirements and the final KPM revisions, which will begin implementation in the 2015-2016 school year.

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:
Status Report
Fact Sheet
List of Medical Sponsors

Program e-mail: