What is a school-based health center?

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School-based health centers (SBHCs) are medical clinics that offer health care to children and youth in a school or on school grounds. SBHCs have primary care providers including doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants as well as mental health providers. Some SBHCs also have dental providers.

SBHC services

SBHCs funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) provide services to children and youth who attend the school and are within the school district. Services can include:

  • Well-child exams.
  • Sick visits.
  • Health screenings.
  • Immunizations.
  • Mental health and other counseling.
  • Substance use screening.
  • Oral health screening.
  • Reproductive health services.
  • Classroom/school-wide health education or promotion activities.

SBHCs are convenient. Many centers offer same-day appointments or permit walk-ins. Another benefit SBHCs offer is that parents and guardians do not have to take time off work, and students spend less time away from school.

Where can I find an SBHC located in Colorado?

  • Use the SBHC map to find centers located in Colorado.

School-linked health care services

School-linked health care services funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) include: 

  • primary health care services
  • behavioral health care services
  • oral health care services


  • preventative health care services delivered through:
    • telehealth
    • mobile services


  • referrals for health care services at a clinic located near school grounds.