The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for Arkansas public school districts to implement school-based health centers in partnership with community physical health and mental health providers. The Arkansas School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Grant is a competitive funding opportunity made possible and supported by the Arkansas Public School fund. The funds are to be used to promote health, wellness, and academic achievement in Arkansas public schools.
School-based health centers provide access to basic physical, mental, dental, or other services, as needed. The health center provides services beyond the scope of the school nurse practice and is not intended to replace the school nurse. The intent is for the center to act as a resource center for wellness and prevention for public school students and staff.
All Arkansas public school districts are eligible to apply, with the exception of those already on a five-year funding cycle for this program. Only one school-based health center per district may be funded by the DESE during a five-year funding cycle. Applicants intending to create a new health center on a school campus may apply for up to $150,000 in funding for year one. The SBHC grant recipients will be eligible to receive an annual distribution of funds for an additional four-year period. Renewal is based on a review of annual progress and appropriation of funding. The applying Arkansas public school district must act as the lead grantee and the fiscal agent for the grant funds awarded.
In order to be eligible for the review process, an in-person representative from the applying school district must be present at the School-Based Health Center Grant Writing Technical Assistance Meeting scheduled on Monday, January 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, Center for Health Education Building Auditorium, located at 2 St. Vincent Cir, Little Rock, AR. District representation at this event will act as the district’s intent to apply and deem the district eligible to continue the application process. Pre-registration is not required for this event.
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The School-Based Health Center Request for Proposal Packet is attached to this Commissioner’s Memo. The packet includes the following documents:
- 2020-2021 School-Based Health Center Program Guidelines
- 2020-2021 School-Based Health Center Application Template
- 2020-2021 School-Based Health Center Budget Forms
- 2020-2021 School-Based Health Center Application Scoring Rubric
- 2020-2021 School-Based Health Center Technical Review Form
- CHI St. Vincent Campus Map-Center for Health Education Auditorium
One original proposal, three (3) paper copies, and an electronic copy on a flash drive must be received by the DESE no later than Thursday, March 19, 2020. Late, incomplete, or faxed submissions will not be reviewed.
Mail or deliver applications to:
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Attn: Brittany Rogers, School Health Services
Four Capital Mall, Mail Slot 14
Little Rock, AR 72201
For questions regarding the School-Based Health Center Program or other school health strategies, please contact the DESE School Health Services Office at 501-683-3604.