This page is intended to provide some guidance for communities, school districts and healthcare providers in Washington as they explore options and plan to support students through an integrated school-based health center (SBHC) model of care. The documents and links below offer a high-level overview of SBHCs and SBHC planning and start-up for a broad audience, as well as additional detail, samples and resources for those looking for more.
The information provided here is based on more than thirty years of SBHC experience here in Washington, as well as experience shared by others providing school-based health care across the country. While each community is unique, and each SBHC may look different as a result, SBHC collaborations share the same goals of supporting children and youth in their health, education, and lifelong wellness.
As we have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, the reality in which we operate can change quickly, and flexibility and creativity are key to adapting. So while the guidance provided here is grounded in pre-pandemic SBHC models and experience, we want to recognize and celebrate the exceptional creativity and commitment of our SBHCs as they expand efforts to support students in Washington through brick-and-mortar SBHCs, telehealth, mobile clinics, and hybrid models of care.
Other guidance will be added to this page when ready for sharing, and please see our Webinar and Conference Archive for additional resources. Contact WA SBHA at email@example.com with questions and for networking with others working in school-based health care in Washington.
The national School-Based Health Alliance also has a collection of SBHC resources from across the country in The Blueprint.
The information provided on this page is not intended to constitute legal advice and may not include the most up-to-date legal or regulatory information. All information, content, and materials made available here are for general informational purposes only. School districts and SBHC sponsors should consult legal counsel to obtain advice with respect to their own policies and procedures in accordance with existing laws, statutes and regulatory bodies.
This page contains links to other third-party websites. Such links are only for the convenience of the reader; the WA SBHA does not recommend or endorse the contents of third-party sites.
Resources on SBHC Readiness Assessment from the national School-Based Health Alliance:
- Readiness Assessment Guide
- Readiness Assessment Workplan
- Readiness Assessment Planning Group Overview
- Readiness Assessment Advisory Committee Overview
- Contact WA SBHA at firstname.lastname@example.org for examples of SBHC needs assessments/surveys used by communities in Washington.
- Public Health–Seattle & King County’s SBHC Mental Health Model of Care (within Multi-Tiered System of Supports)
- Note on SBHC Services through Telehealth
- Contact WA SBHA at email@example.com for sample SBHC budgets.
Licensing & Regulations
- Information Sharing & Confidentiality Protection in School-Based Health Centers: A Resource Guide to HIPAA & FERPA, School-Based Health Alliance & National Center for Youth Law
- Joint Guidance on Application of HIPAA and FERPA to Student Health Records, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services and Dept of Education
- HIPAA-FERPA Infographic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Examples of SBHC registration packets with consent forms can be found on SBHC sponsor websites, for example:
- Summary of Minor Consent Law in Washington State, Washington Law Help