Federal Definition of a School-Based Health Center

Federal Definition of a School-Based Health Center:

The following is the definition of a school-based health center (SBHC), as defined in Section 4101 of the Affordable Care Act (p.65), which awards funds to expand school-based health center capacity to provide primary health care services for school-aged children. This competitive funding opportunity is available for new and existing school-based health centers to address significant and pressing capital improvement needs, including: construction, repair, renovation, and the purchase of equipment.


(A) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘school-based health center’ means a health clinic that—

(i) is located in or near a school facility of a school district or board or of an Indian tribe or tribal organization;
(ii) is organized through school, community, and health provider relationships;
(iii) is administered by a sponsoring facility;
(iv) provides through health professionals primary health services to children in accordance with State and local law, including laws relating to licensure and certification; and
(v) satisfies such other requirements as a State may establish for the operation of such a clinic.

(B) SPONSORING FACILITY.— the term ‘sponsoring facility’ includes any of the following:
(i) A hospital.
(ii) A public health department.
(iii) A community health center.
(iv) A nonprofit health care agency.
(v) A school or school system.
(vi) A program administered by the Indian Health Service or the Bureau of Indian Affairs or operated by an Indian tribe or a tribal organization.’’