What can you do to help?

  • A stable source of funding must be available to keep the current program operating and to start new SBHCs
  • Talk to legislators in your community about School-Based Health Centers.
  • Support funding for these Centers at the local, state, and federal levels.


School-Based Health Center FAQs

Keep our young people healthy!

Is parental permission required to treat a student in these Centers?

Yes, it is required.

Do SBHCs provide contraceptive devices?

No, L.R.S. 40:31.3 prohibits these services.


Doesn't a SBHC do the same thing a school nurse does?

No.  Check out this great chart provided by the national School-Based Health Alliance to see the difference between a SBHC and a school nurse.


Do SBHCs have a stable and adequate source of funding?

No.  State funding levels have remained relatively flat over the last several years while health care costs have significantly increased.  The state requires local partners match 20% of the state contribution.  But most local partners contribute more to keep up with the inflationary pressure in the health care sector and currently, local partners average a 30% match.  A stable source of funding, which would allow for increasing health care costs, is desperately needed.


How much does a School-Based Health Center cost?

Annual cost per SBHC is $150,000 to $200,000.