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Delaware General AssemblyDelaware RegulationsMonthly Register of RegulationsJanuary 2017

Regulatory Flexibility Act Form

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16 DE Admin. Code 4102
These regulations are intended to implement the provisions of 18 Del.C. §3365 and 3517G 3571G, school-based health centers. These regulations apply to medical vendors who provide services at school-based health centers and health insurance plans who reimburse for covered medical services. These regulations define: (1) services offered in a school-based health center; (2) criteria for recognition as a school-based health center; (3) interactions with primary care providers; and (4) criteria for health promotion.
Agency means the Division of Public Health, Bureau of Adolescent and Reproductive Health, school-based health center program.
Parentmeans the parent or legal guardian authorized to enroll a student in the school-based health center a parent as defined by 13 Del.C. §8-201 or a nonparent or agency charged with caring for a child during the child's minority.
School-based health center means a health care clinic located in or near a school facility that is organized through school and health provider relationships that provides services designated in section Section 4.0 of this regulation.
Student means a child or adolescent who is enrolled in school.
3.1 School-based health centers (SBHC) are designed to reduce risk behaviors and improve health among children and adolescents through health promotion and education, early intervention, and preventive care. These services include physical examinations, treatment of minor acute medical conditions, counseling and community referrals. SBHCs do not supplant the primary care provider, but rather serve to coordinate care between students and their primary care provider, as well as increase access to services.
3.2 A health care clinic may be designated as a school-based health center (SBHC) by the Agency if it has demonstrated that it meets the criteria provided in paragraphs Sections 4.0-8.0 in these regulations. The Agency shall be the sole arbiter of the satisfaction of these criteria.
4.1 In order to obtain services at the SBHC, a minor student must be enrolled in the SBHC by his or her parent/guardian or relative caregiver acting pursuant to an Affidavit of Establishment of Power to Consent to Medical Treatment of Minors in accordance with Title 13 Del.C. §708. A student of the age of 18 years or more may consent for himself or herself.
4.2 A SBHC shall be open during hours accessible to students. Information on hours of operation must be posted in areas frequented by students.
4.32 A SBHC is required to make services available under the categories of physical health, mental health, health education, and nutrition consultation/education, as outlined in this section All SBHCs shall provide through licensed professionals, primary health services to children, including comprehensive health assessments, diagnosis, and treatment of minor, acute, and chronic medical conditions, referrals to and follow-up for specialty care and oral and vision health services, mental health and substance use disorder assessments, crisis intervention, counseling, treatment, and referral to a continuum of mental health and substance abuse services including emergency psychiatric care, community support programs, inpatient care, and outpatient programs. Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health, provision of contraceptives, and HIV testing and counseling. Provision of these services by SBHCs is may be provided by a SBHC subject to the approval of the school board governing the SBHC locale.
4.3.64 Promotion of vaccination among enrolled students SBHCs must promote provision of all vaccinations required or recommended by the Division of Public Health to enrolled students either on site or through referral to a primary care provider. SBHCs shall promote vaccination among students through education and awareness activities.
5.1 A SBHC shall provide services through health professionals who: maintain up to date Delaware licensure, training and proper certification in their individual discipline for the population to be served.
6.1 SBHCs are required to implement and maintain a third-party insurance billing process for services provided.
6.2 A SBHC shall not charge co-pays or any other out-of-pocket fees for use of SBHC services.
6.32 The following services shall be exempt from third-party billing:
6.32.1 Any services provided to a student related to an evaluation or assessment of eligibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §701 et seq.; and
6.32.2 Any services provided to a student implementing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan developed in conformity with either of the above federal laws.
6.43 Insurance information on each student enrolled in the SBHC must be updated annually at minimum.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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