Connecticut Expands School-Based Health Centers

From 1994 to 2000, the state of Connecticut expanded and enhanced its system of school-based health centers (SBHCs).

The Connecticut Department of Public Health, School and Primary Health Unit led the project.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Making the Grade: State and Local Partnerships to Establish School-Based Health Centers national program.

Key Results

  • Connecticut Making the Grade helped form four new school-based health centers—two in Bridgeport and two in New Haven.
  • Making the Grade staff helped establish the Connecticut Association for School-Based Health Care to promote school-based health centers.
  • Making the Grade aided the state in developing a uniform service package outlining core services provided at all state-funded school-based health centers.
  • Connecticut school-based health centers won the right to participate in Medicaid, a change that opened up a new funding source but also imposed new demands on the program in the areas of contracts, standards and billing.
  • The project team spent considerable time negotiating contracts with managed care organizations and, in time, received national recognition for its experience on managed care reimbursement issues for school-based health centers.