Oregon has 63 Certified School-Based Health Centers. What does a "Certified" SBHC offer Oregon youth when it comes to reproductive services?
In an editorial written for the Hillsboro Argus by Paula Hester entitled "Oregon's school-based health centers offer convenience, confidentiality" (http://www.oregonlive.com/argus/index.ssf/2013/02/oregons_school-based_health_ce.html ) she states that Hillsboro school district's on-campus SBHC at Century High School has chosen NOT to provide contraceptives. Should concerned parents breathe a sigh of relief after hearing that contraceptives are NOT going to be provided? Parents' Rights in Education urges you to consider the following:
According to the Oregon SBHC Certification Requirements found in the local county health department contract under Program Element #41: Family Planning Program,
- "The purpose of the Family Planning Program is to provide these services through a broad range of effective contraceptive methods and reproductive health services on a voluntary and confidential basis"
- "Provide a broad range of contraceptive methods as defined in the Federal Title X Guidelines
- "Provide an education program which includes outreach to inform communities of available services and benefits of family planning"
According to the SBHC Model of Care,
- "Certified SBHC's must have a system in place for patients to seek care outside of the center's normal operating hours as well as referral systems for services not provided on site"
- "Certified SBHC's are culturally sensitive, age-appropriate, and address the most important health needs of children and youth"
- "Services in the SBHC are not limited to reimbursable services: preventative health, care coordination, and health education services are integral components of this model"
This means that if your minor child (of ANY age) seeks "advice" from their SBHC, they would have to be informed and counseled about the reproductive healthcare services available to them in their community. This could include emergency contraception or abortion services...and all without parental notification or consent. What about local control and actively seeking to engage parents? Parents won't know what is being given or shared with their child...but would be left to pick up any emotional or physical repercussions of such "services" if a complication would develop.
Parents' Rights in Education urges you to CAREFULLY read any healthcare related documents that you receive from your child's school; KNOW what you are signing and CONSIDER THE IMPLICATIONS signing this document may have on your rights as the parent.
We also encourage you to view some of the links/sex messages (which can be found to the right of this post) that the Oregon SBHC Network and those it partners with endorse. Do these messages honor the parent-child relationship? Do they take into consideration the diverse values and norms represented within your community?
There is a strategic and well-funded effort to "blur the lines" between the education and healthcare sectors; the mission is to "break down barriers" and encourage youth to be in control of their own healthcare. The terminology used often sounds very wholesome and benign. However, our research over the past few years reveals some disturbing roadblocks to your rights as parents.
Parents...be watchful for documents, messages, and comments that infringe on your rights as a parent. Often the verbiage around "health", "student success", and "access to services" may be packaged in a very positive light. Be sure to read between the lines and ask lots of questions! (http://www.oregonlive.com/argus/index.ssf/2013/01/parents_in_oregon_must_be_aler.html)