Do parents know what’s happening in Oregon school-based health centers?

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by NW Spotlight

There is an event planned for the upcoming ‘short session’ of the Oregon Legislature to promote Oregon school-based health centers. It’s important for Oregonians to understand what all happens in those school-based health centers – without parental knowledge or consent. It includes “reproductive care” for students AT ANY AGE, gender transformation counseling & treatments, and genital exams on school property (given Oregon’s problems with school-related sexual abuse, that seems particularly troubling.)

Background: OSBHA and State Funding for School-Based Health Centers

According to their website, the “Oregon School-Based Health Alliance (OSBHA) is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving as the collective voice to build a stable, effective, and accessible school-based health care system through the development of school-based health centers (SBHCs).”

School-based health centers in Oregon get their funding from “state dollars sent to each county with an SBHC. Local dollars often come through school districts, county health departments, hospitals, community providers, local businesses and individuals, grants and other fundraising.”

The State of Oregon’s Oregon Health Authority produced a 2015 Oregon School-Based Health Centers Status Report. It provides this description “School-Based Health Centers are medical clinics that offer primary care services either within or on the grounds of a school.” It also notes “The 2013 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2445, creating a statutory definition of SBHCs (ORS 413.225) and provided about $3.9 million in additional funding to expand and enhance the SBHC system.”

Capitol Event on Feb 9th

OSBHA is coordinating an event at the Oregon Capitol on February 9, 2016, and trying to make it look like it’s “youth-driven.” In their email on the event, they instruct Oregon students to “Talk to your school principal or superintendent to invite your school/district to participate. Let your principal know Awareness Day is a youth-driven event where youth from all around Oregon go to Salem to tell their stories about the importance of SBHC services in their lives.”

So OSBHA coordinates the event, but then instructs students to mislead school officials about it being “youth-driven.”

What’s the Problem with School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs)?

Parents’ Rights in Education (PRIE) is an excellent parents’ rights watchdog group. They recently sent this out in an email to some of their supporters – alerting them to the planned capitol event:

“I wanted you to know what the Oregon School-based Health Alliance (OSBHA) is encouraging Oregon public school students/school officials to participate in.

In addition, I am attaching a letter which I sent (in October 2015) to Oregon School-based Health Alliance (OSBHA) addressing concerns and evidence around matters related to Oregon School-Based Health Centers. The OSBHA referred to Parents’ Rights in Education as ‘The Opposition’ at their October 2015 conference.  We want you to know that PRIE is committed to supporting parent’s rights to be the final authority in deciding what is best for their child and have the right to expect full disclosure of any and all services, content, and materials disseminated to their child while at school.”

The letter from PRIE mentioned in the email outlines how Oregon Certified School-Based Health Centers (using taxpayer money from the Oregon Health Authority):

  • Provide students AT ANY AGE access to reproductive care without parental knowledge or consent.
  • Allow 14 year old students to receive mental health services, which could include counsel related to gender transformation, without a parents’ knowledge or consent.
  • Allow 15 year old students to consent to services such as hospital care, immunizations, medical, dental, optometric and surgical diagnostic care. They can also receive gender transformation treatments (i.e.: puberty blockers, counseling, drugs, advocacy and sex change surgery) without parental notification or consent.
  • Collaborate with services from or referrals to controversial community-based organizations such as Planned Parenthood and TransActive. These organizations are being given access to children without parental knowledge or consent. In many situations even school boards and administrators are unaware of the programs or services being marketed to students.
  • Include ‘well-child visits’ – which must include a physical exam, including a genital exam – on school property.

Does Your Child’s School Have a School-Based Health Center?

To check, please click here for a list of Oregon schools that have school-based health centers.

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  • Connie Kosuda

    do you really believe this swill, or are you just kidding???? a “genital exam”???? really? please define for both male and female.

    by the way, are you also opposed to students having access to information / knowledge from books / the internet / anything else, or just from health providers.

    please provide PROOF of any of the allegations in the ‘letter’ (ramblings) of the ‘parent’ you note.

    thanks much.

    you want children to be as ignorant and pliable as possible, obviously, ; what about adults?

    • Hi Connie,
      Regarding your disbelief of the requirement for a “genital exam,” if you follow the link in the article to the Parents’ Rights in Education (PRIE) letter from October 2015, it has hyperlinks to the proof you’re looking for.
      Here’s the relevant excerpt from the PRIE October 2015 letter: “A ‘well-child visit’ at a SBHC, according to the Oregon Health Authority’s Adolescent Well Care Visits – Overview Revised December 2014 and the Oregon SBHC Key Performance Measures Guidance Document Core Measure 1: Well‐care visit, must include a physical exam which includes a genital exam.”
      That first hyperlink looks like it’s changed since Oct 2015 (the state took the document down) – but here’s a current equivalent document, also from the Oregon Health Authority. It contains this blurb.
      That’s very similar or even the same wording as the other link in the PRIE October 2015 letter (Oregon SBHC Key Performance…): “To use the billing codes listed above, the following components must be present for a visit to count as a well‐care visit: A health and developmental history, e.g. social and emotional well‐being, health behavior, academic history, physical development and mental health, A physical exam, e.g., weight, height, vision, hear [sic], lungs, skin, genitals etc.”
      http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/CCOData/Adolescent%20Well%20Care%20Visits%20Overview%20–%20revised%20Dec%202014.pdf
      https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyPeopleFamilies/Youth/HealthSchool/SchoolBasedHealthCenters/Documents/SBHC%20Data/CoreMeasure1-WellVisit.pdf
      http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/CCOData/Adolescent%20Well%20Care%20Visits%20Guidance%20Document%20-%20Nov%202015.pdf
      http://oregoncatalyst.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/OHA-Adolescent_Nov-2015.jpg

      • Connie Kosuda

        unfortunately, the links are not working / so we are talking about a physical exam, which, as every parent knows, if they ever went to the doctor with their child/ren, includes an exam of various parts of the body.

        I will look up ‘e.g.’ – if memory serves, ‘example given,’ is the definition / such as ‘such as’ / not mandatory, but possiblly going to be examined if there are complaints of symptoms with the particular system.

        so, what’s all the hubbub bub????

        • The links in the article aren’t working for you or the links in the comment? In the comment, all the actual hyper links are at the bottom of the comment – labeled , etc.

          • Connie Kosuda

            none are working / thanks.

          • thevillageidiot

            obviously you are not willing to go the hyperlinks in the article. So you are not interested in independently determining the accuracy of the statements.

          • Connie Kosuda

            no, cupcakes. not true. we are way beyond this point / keep up.

          • You might try using a different web browser – they are working fine with Chrome & IE. For the links in the comments, you can also just cut and paste those URLs into your browser.

  • Granola girl

    We have a school based health center at our high school. While at first I was hesitant, I came to the conclusion it is the right thing for the kids. if a child feels he needs to see a doctor (mental or physical health) they should be able to do so. Who knows, it might save a teen from committing suicide, or contracting a disease. In these times, more info is better, besides they can look up whatever they want on the internet. The kids already know about Planned Parenthood through their health classes in middle school. The best thing a parent can do is to be open and honest about sex, teach them at home before they get it at school.

  • thevillageidiot

    With the ACA all children are required to be covered by medical insurance covering all the conditions mentioned, physical and mental, under penalty of lRS law. This is a duplication of medical services with the Oregon taxpayers now paying twice. Once to cover obummercare and second to the state to support a second medical service duplicating the first. Are we really stupid or what? This is also one more step for the government to interfere with the job of the family in child rearing by removing the parent from all medical decisions for the child.

    • LordPillsbury

      First of all, the ACA isn’t really affordable…so isn’t really working. Too many personal stories to go into but for the most part it isn’t what was originally sold us by Obama. Pre-conditions are considered…not denied but priced beyond what is affordable. As time goes on…I think we will see how insufficient and plain wrong the ACA is.

      Secondly, government is not our mother and is not our father. That is creedal to socialism and communism. We are Americans and parents do have rights first to their children while under the age of 18. For any government to come between that basic tenant is morally wrong regardless of any reason other then the breaking of law such as beatings, abuse and direct threat of life. When will we STOP handing rights and powers back to governments? It is getting out of hand. Parents should be involved with all medical, mental or social issue students are having…PERIOD!

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