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

The SBHC State Program Office (SPO) is pleased to announce the release of a 2014-2015 SBHC Request for Proposal (RFP) for planning grant awards in 1-4 new planning communities. These monies will be awarded to Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs) based on a competitive proposal review process conducted by the SPO. Awards must be used to initiate sustainable partnerships within the community, prepare the SBHC site, develop protocols, hire staff, and purchase clinic supplies. The total number of awards to LPHAs will depend on the total number of successful applicants, to be determined by the SPO, and the continued availability of funds.

We will be accepting applications for Phase I and Advance Phase planning grants, however we will prioritize Advance Phase planning proposals during this funding cycle.

SPO will also be hosting two Q&A calls in an open forum format to answer questions related to this grant opportunity. To participate by telephone, call 1.877.848.7030 and enter participant code 148921 on the following dates:

  • August 4th: 2:00PM - 2:30PM
  • August 27th: 11:00AM -11:30AM

Proposals are due by 5PM on September 9, 2014. Please see the attached RFP for more details. 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
Oregon School-Based Health Centers and Public Health ​​
SBHC Status Update 2014
SBHC Map 2014
List of Medical Sponsors
 SBHC Status Update 2014
Oregon SBHC Map

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