Request for Qualifications (RFQ): School-Based Health Mental Health Expansion Funds
The Oregon State Legislature recently 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. SBHCs are an access health care model in which comprehensive physical, mental, and preventive health services are provided to youth and adolescents in a primary care setting based in a school. For complete information Oregon's recent mental health investments, please visit the Addictions and Mental Health Services webpage
The SBHC State Program Office (SPO) is pleased to announce the release of two SBHC Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for School-Based Health Center Mental Health Expansion Grant: Capacity Building and School-Based Health Center Mental Health Expansion Grant: Support Projects. These monies will be awarded to the Local Public Health Authorities (LPHA) based on a competitive proposal review process conducted by the SPO. The total number of awarded monies to SBHCs will depend on availability of funding and the total number of successful applicants, to be determined by the SPO. Future funding will be based on each biennium’s legislatively adopted budget.
Awarded monies must be used to support mental health capacity and projects within the school-based health center system and help the SBHC integrate physical and mental health. Options for proposals are found in the RFQs. The total number of awarded monies to SBHCs will depend on availability of funding and the total number of successful applicants, to be determined by the SPO. Future funding will be based on each biennium’s legislatively adopted budget.
SPO recently held two technical assistance calls to answer questions related to the RFQs and application process. The following documents provide a brief summary of FAQs from these two calls.
If you have any additional questions regarding the application process or your project proposals, please contact the SBHC State Program Office:
SBHC Proposed Rule
The Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division is proposing to permanently adopt rules pertaining to the procedures and criteria for the certification, suspension and decertification of school-based health centers (SBHCs) as mandated by the passage of House Bill 2445 (OL 2013, ch. 683) by the 2013 Legislature. The proposed rules are intended to fulfill the mandates by prescribing certification requirements used for clinics to qualify as SBHCs, the reporting requirements for SBHCs, and the process to become a certified SBHC.
You are being invited to review the proposed rules and to comment on them. 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 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (see hearing notice). You may also file written comments before 5:00 p.m. on November 22, 2013 to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following address:
OHA, Public Health Division
Brittany Sande, Administrative Rule
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930
Portland, Oregon 97232
You may also send comments by fax to (971) 673-1299.
Final rules will be filed after consideration of all comments.
On Target for Oregon's Triple Aim
With 25 years of experience, Oregon's School-Based Health Centers are at the forefront of our current and emerging health care delivery system. With a wealth of experience and "lessons learned," School- Based Health Centers can make important contributions to health care reform.
Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the agency tasked with implementing health care reform in Oregon, has set goals to improve health care outcomes through three key initiatives known as "The Triple Aim."
The three outcomes OHA is focusing on are:
- A healthy population,
- Extraordinary patient care, and
- Reasonable costs.
Oregon's School-Based Health Centers hit the target in all three areas!
School-Based Health Centers evaluate the needs of the populations they serve with a particular focus on wellness, prevention and chronic disease management. SBHCs provide quality person-centered care using a cost-effective care model that focuses on prevention. For example, each center must provide comprehensive medical and psychosocial histories; physical exams; immunizations; age-appropriate risk assessments; and patient education. Additionally, centers maintain demographic and encounter data. These data better inform program development at the state and local level to ensure youths' health care needs are being appropriately met. SBHCs are creating healthier generations and empowering youth to be healthy!
Oregon's 63 School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) offer a unique health care model in which comprehensive preventive physical, mental and preventive health services are provided to youth and adolescents in a school setting.
Adolescents are often reported to have the lowest access to health care service use of any age group, and they are the least likely to seek care through traditional office-based settings. Additionally, coordinating care for children has been an ongoing challenge for working parents.
- See children who otherwise would not get care,
- Help students get back to the classroom faster,
- Lessen the demand on parents to take time off to get children to well and urgent care needs, and
- Improves students' health.
Oregon School-Based Health Centers and Public Health
Status Report 2013
List of Medical Sponsors