With 12 school-based health centers reported in school-year 1997/98, the number of centers in Georgia has held steady since 1995. Most centers (8) are located in high schools. In 1997 $1 million in Maternal and Child Health Block Grant funds were directed to centers, all of which came from local spending decisions. In school year 1995/96 the state reported that centers generated about $350,000 in fee for service Medicaid patient care revenues; however, in 1997/98 no figure could be estimated by the state.

Descriptive Data
Types of schools housing SBHCs
Location of SBHCs

State Policies
Table I: Third Party Payments for SBHC Services

SBHCs are eligible to receive Medicaid payments for Services Yes
SBHCs are eligible to receive CHIP payments for services Yes
State has taken specific measures to encourage SBHC
participation in Medicaid managed care
State has taken specific measures to encourage SBHC
participation in CHIP
SBHCs participate in MCOs as primary care providers Yes
SBHCs or their sponsors have contracts with managed care plans Yes

Table II: Non-financial State Policies to Support SBHCs

Does your state have a governmental unit or office explicitly charged to develop and support SBHCs? No
Does state law permit nurse practitioners to participate in managed care provider networks as primary care providers? Yes
Does the state have targeting guidelines for state-funded SBHCs? No
Has the state established operating standards for SBHCs? No
Are SBHCs licensed by state health licensing authority? No

State Funds for SBHCs for School Year 1997-98

Title V MCH Block Grant
(local directed dollars)


Source: National Survey of School-Based Health Centers 1997-1998,
Making the Grade

Contact Information:

Wyndolyn Bell
Child and Adolescent Health
2 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404/679/0546
Fax: 404/657/2763

Related Links:

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Division of Public Health