About the SBHC Program

Read details about the program, its future, and see current data regarding Colorado school-based health centers.
Read the results on SBHC patient & parent/guardian experience/satisfaction at CDPHE funded school-based health centers.
The menu of services lists the SBHC program required on-site services, services provided either on-site or referred, and optional on-site services.
Read the current issue of the SBHC Program Update, or search the archives of our biweekly program newsletter.
Program priorities and evaluation framework
The SBHC Program operates with the following priorities:
  • Quality: through the implementation of Quality Standards for Colorado School-Based Health Centers.
  • Quantity: by increasing the number of centers statewide, the number of people served, and the type and amount of services provided.
  • Sustainability: by supporting business infrastructure.
  • Partnerships: through involvement in advisory committees and collaborative projects.
Learn more about our program's evaluation framework, which examines the level of services provided, the delivery of quality healthcare, the integrity of the data, and the reported benefits of SBHC services.
History and statutes
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Program began in 1987 with Maternal and Child Health federal funding. From 1994–2001, the program was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Making the Grade national program and was awarded a total of $2.3 million. The program also received a total of $1 million from The Colorado Trust from 2008-2011. The program was established in state statute (C.R.S. 25-20.5-501-503) in 2006 and received an initial appropriation of $500,000 (Fiscal Year 2007). The following year, state funding increased to just under a million dollars and remained there until Fiscal Year 2014 when it increased to over $5.2 million. The vast majority of funds is allocated to local school-based health centers in the form of grants, clinical quality improvement resources and technical assistance and support to improve sustainability practices.
To access the most current version of state statutes pertinent to SBHC practice, we recommend directly referencing the Colorado Revised Statutes webpage (C.R.S. 25-20.5-501-503). Below are some of the Colorado statutes relevant to SBHC practice:
Advisory team
The SBHC Program advisory team provides informed insight on program implementation. Advisory team members serve as advocates for strengthening school-based health centers across the state by offering community feedback and technical expertise. Applications for volunteer membership as a team advisor are accepted on an open basis and membership decisions are based on vacancies, applicant qualifications and committee diversity and needs. Contact us to learn more or to apply for a volunteer position on the team.
Partner organizations