Division of Student Support, Academic Enrichment and Educational Policy

School-Based Health Centers

​What are School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) or School-Based Wellness Centers?

The Maryland School-Based Health Center Program transitioned to the Maryland Department of Health effective July 1, 2022.

SBHCs are health centers, located in a school or on a school campus, which provide onsite comprehensive preventive and primary health services.  Services may also include mental health, oral health, ancillary, and supportive services.  You might think of a SBHC as "doctor's office in a school".  SBHCs may be staffed by one or more of the following health professionals:

  • A primary care provider, such as a pediatrician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant
  • A registered nurse (RN or BSN) and/or a licensed practical nurse (LPN)
  • A medical office assistant (MOA) or medical assistant (MA)
  • A billing or clerical staff member
  • A mental health provider, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or other therapist
  • A substance abuse counselor
  • A dentist and/or dental hygienist
  • A health educator
  • A nutritionist or registered dietitian

Where are school-based health centers located in Maryland?

For more information, contact: 

Maryland Department of Health
Email: md.sbhcprogram@maryland.gov