Maine SBHCs

ME School-Based Health Center Data Summary 04-05

ME School-Based Health Center Data Summary
July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2005


The purpose of this summary is to examine how Maine school-based health centers (SBHCs) performed during the 2004-05 school year compared to the 2003-04 school year. This summary includes SBHC data reported to the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service.

Population Served



  • During the 2004-05 school year, there were 27 SBHCs serving 29 schools compared to 26 SBHCs and 28 schools the previous year.


  • 17,959 or about 8% of the state’s public and private school population have a SBHC available.



SBHC Enrollment

  • 9,341 or 52% of students in schools having a SBHC are enrolled – they have a signed parental consent. This compares to 25% the previous school year.



SBHC Users

  • 4,123 or 44% of enrolled students used their SBHC on at least one occasion during the school year.



SBHC Visits

  • Between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005 there were 21,998 visits (all types – medical, counseling, dental, and nursing) to ME SBHCs or 15% more than the previous school year.


  • Between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005 there were 7,948 medical visits to ME SBHCs or 25% more than the previous school year.


  • Between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005 there were 2,663 counseling visits to ME SBHCs or 62% more than the previous school year.



Visits per User

  • During the 2004-05 school year, the visits (all types) per user rate was 5.34 per visits per user. This compares to 5.28 in the 2003-04 school year.


  • During the 2004-05 school year, the medical visits per user rate was 2.45 per visits per user. This compares to 2.33 in the 2003-04 school year.


  • During the 2004-05 school year, the mental health visits per user rate was 10.48 per visits per user. This compares to 8.63 in the 2003-04 school year.



Diagnostic Information

  • During the 2004-05 school year, 24% of all the primary diagnoses for a medical encounters fell into the health supervision category (preventive visits). This is similar to the figure in the 2003-04 school year of 25%.



Insurance Status

  • 82% of SBHC enrollees, for which insurance information is known, are covered by public and/or private insurance.


  • SBHC users covered by MaineCare insurance made up 25% of users and accounted for 31% of all visits.


  • SBHC users covered by private insurance made up 51% of users and accounted for 53% of all visits.


  • SBHC users who are uninsured or self-pay made up 11% of users and accounted for 9% of all visits.


  • The insurance status of some students is unknown.



Other Highlights

  • 80% of all SBHC enrollees had a community-based primary care physician.


  • 23,367 – about 8% of the state’s public school taking behavior and emotional well being completed by 576 students.



ME SBHCs are part of the safety net for children and teenagers. They –


  • Enhance the academic success of students by improving their health and well being, linking students to other services in their communities, and identifying problems early.


  • Support students by keeping them healthy and in school.


  • Provide a solution to access barriers such as transportation, distance, and inconvenient clinic hours.


  • Bring the community’s resources to the student.


  • Are safe, age appropriate environments where students will seek help early.


  • Improve continuity and follow up, and enhance the primary care system’s ability to reach children and adolescents through low cost, high quality services.


  • Are uniquely tailored to the needs of youth.