GOVERNOR RYAN ANNOUNCES $1.5 MILLION FOR
SCHOOL HEALTH CENTERS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2000
Funding to come from tobacco settlement money
CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced grants totaling $1.5 million to 19 agencies for an expansion of the School-Based/Linked Health Center program administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). The funding is from the tobacco settlement money in the Fiscal Year 2001 budget.
"School health centers are an important tool in helping our students stay healthy and in school," Ryan said. "Through these centers, we are able to provide preventive health care more accessible, while also guiding our children into making healthier choices."
The centers offer physicals, vision, hearing and dental screening, treatment for minor illnesses, counseling and health education. If students need services that the centers do not provide, they are referred to primary care physicians, hospitals, local health departments or other community resources.
The 19 grants will go toward the planning, development and expansion of School-Based/ Linked Health Centers.
"School-Based/Linked Health Centers provide easily accessible health care services," said DHS Secretary Linda Reneé Baker. "Locating in the schools helps to eliminate barriers to health care such as the lack of transportation and high medical costs. School-Based/Linked Health Centers also reduce incidents of student absences and may help prevent the loss of wages that can occur when parents must take their children to an outside physician."
The number of School-Based/Linked Health Centers has grown from 5 in 1985 to 33 today. In FY 2000, approximately 17,000 students received services at state-funded School-Based/Linked Health Centers. The total budget for the program in FY 2001 is $4.1 million.
A listing of grant recipients follows.
School-Based/Linked Health Center Grants --
Grant funds are used to support new school-based/linked health centers.
New School Based/Linked Health Centers
|FUNDING AGENCY||LOCATION ||AWARD|
|Cook County Bureau of Health Services - Hektoen||Bond Elementary School
|Erie Family Health Center||Ryerson Elementary School
|Family Practice Community Wellness Center
St. Elizabeth Hospital||Clemente High School
|Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing||Proviso East High School
|Macoupin County Health Department||Bunker Hill Elementary School
|Swedish Covenant Hospital||Roosevelt High School
Planning Grants are intended to support the development of a school-based/linked health center.
|Anna-Jonesboro School District||Anna-Jonesboro High School
|Visiting Nurse Association of Fox Valley||Todd Elementary School
|Winnebago County Health Department||Dennis Elementary School
Grant funds are used to expand services provided at existing school-based/linked health centers and may include but is not limited to such services as mental health, health education or dental services.
|Advocate Health Care - Ravenswood Hospital||Amundsen High School
Lakeview High School
|Aunt Martha's Youth
Service Center||Aunt Martha's Vincennes School-Linked Health Center
|Aunt Martha's Youth
Service Center||Aunt Martha's Healthy Kids
Clinic, School-Linked Health Center, Aurora||$40,000|
|Children's Memorial Foundation||Arai Middle School
|Evanston Township High School Health Center||Evanston Township High School
|Mercy Hospital||Dunbar High School
|Peoria Public Schools||Lincoln, Loucks and Trewyn
|School Health Link, Inc.||School Health Link, Inc.
United Township High School
|School-Based Health Center at South Beloit||South Beloit Junior and Senior High School||$30,000
|The Clinic in Altgeld||Carver High School
|University of Illinois
Mile Square Health Center||Suder Elementary School