04 April 2016
Everything you need to know about Oregon School-Based Health Centers (SBHC): School district officials are under the illusion that they can design their own SBHC to “fit the values of their community”. This is misleading and untrue. In order to receive funding, SBHCs must follow Oregon Health Authority's Oregon SBHCs Standards for Certification. School districts lose local control over what is happening to students while on the school premises or off campus with the mandated referrals. SBHCs are businesses operating within a school district with no accountability to the school board, administration, parents or the community. In Oregon, no age restrictions exist for students to get confidential birth control, morning after pills, condoms and abortion referral services and all other “reproductive health” services. Once your child turns 15 they can get any and all forms of mental, medical or counseling services - all without parent’s permission (*See Minor Rights: Access and Consent to Health Care). Watch this powerful Brooklyn New York news story which shows us all why we should be concerned/ask questions about SBHCs: Parents question sexually invasive physical exams in schools.